12-Day: 5th Infantry Division Battlefield Tour

Upcoming Dates

To Be Determined 2022

Status

TBD

Price: $5,450 Per Person – No Extra Fees Involved!

Description:

The 14-day battlefield tour will take you in the footsteps of the US 5th Infantry Division from Utah Beach, France to Frankfurt, Germany. The entire experience is focused on the Division’s history during World War II. You will experience a delightful trip through France, Luxembourg and Germany led by several experienced battle tour guides. This will be an experience you will never forget.

Overview:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Paris
  • Day 2: Drive to Bayeux, Normandy (Time Adjustment Day)

  • Day 3: Landing of the 5th ID on Utah Beach
  • Day 4: Baptism of Fire for the 5th ID – Vidouville, Hill 183
  • Day 5: The Battle of Angers
  • Day 6: Fontainebleau & Montereau
  • Day 7: The Battle of Metz
  • Day 8: The Battle of Metz Pt. 2
  • Day 9: The Battle of the Bulge
  • Day 10: The Battle of the Bulge Pt. 2
  • Day 11: Siegried Line to Frankfurt
  • Day 12: Fly back to USA

Itinerary:

Part 1: Normandy

Starting in Normandy, we are visiting Utah Beach. On July 10, 1944, the first elements of the 5th Infantry Division landed here to support the on-going battle of Normandy. We will then continue to the area where the Division had its baptism of fire: Vidouville and Hill 183

 

Part 2: Angers

The Battle of Angers may be unknown for many World War II buffs, but not for the 5th Infantry Division. During our tour we will take the time to explore these battlefields and the monuments dedicated to the 5th Infantry Division

Part 3: Northern France

After Angers we continue in the direction of Paris, making a stop near Fontainebleau. In this area a medic of the 5th Medical Battalion won the only Medal of Honor of the 5th Infantry Division during World War II. We then continue towards Metz, the meatgrinder for the Division. The Battle of Metz was the bloodiest and longest battle fought by the 5th Infantry Division.

Part 4: Luxembourg

 

During the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, the 5th Infantry Division was sent to support the most southern shoulder of the American front line in the German breakthrough. The Division spent two and half months near the border of Luxembourg and Germany. This means it is rich with history and footsteps of the Red Diamonds.

Part 5: Germany

Finally we make our way into Germany by crossing the Sauer River near Echternach. This is where the 5th Infantry Division crossed the same river under unthinkable circumstances to punch through the Siegfried Line in February 1945. From there way follow the Division’s route of advance to the Rhine River. Finally, we end in Frankfurt, the last real obstacle for the Division. Many photographs were taken in the city which will really enrich your experience.

Your Tour Guides: Florent Plana, Alexis Oudard, Roland Gaul, Joey van Meesen