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Veterans of TCE Peninsular War tours with Col. Nick Lipscombe to the East Coast of Spain and the Pyrenees may well be familiar with the name of Major General John Byne Skerrett, an officer who eventually left Wellington’s army under a cloud after a series of poor battlefield judgments. To those who have encountered him before in a Peninsular context, therefore, the final months of his life, and his death during the failed storm of Bergen-op-Zoom on the night of 8-9 March 1814 may seem at odds with what might be expected of the man. In fact, Skerrett’s end simply serves to emphasise the contradictions inherent in the man. Read more
A lesser known tale of the Americans involvement in World War 2 is the strange “Battle of Los Angeles”
Following the attack on Pearl Harbour, many Americans believed that enemy raids were likely to take place at any moment, which was not helped when U.S Secretary of War Henry Stimson warned that American cities should be prepared to take the “occasional blow”. Read more
Ashley Truluck and guests from Britain, America and Australia have just returned from this year’s tour of Malta. Despite (or perhaps because of!) the international mix, the group got on particularly well and had a great time. Read more
Nick Lipscombe, our expert on the Peninsular War, has another book being published at the end of the month. Wellington’s Eastern Front, The Campaign on the East Coast of Spain 1810-1814. Read more
Here is Col Ray summarising the highly successful Spanish Civil War Tour which we ran at the end of September to Madrid... Read more
Col Nick Lipscombe has just finished a highly successful tour covering the final stages of the Peninsular War... Read more
A group of 20 with participants from the UK, USA, Sweden, Belgium and Nicaragua led by WW2 historian Bob Kershaw and Napoleonic historian Alan Rooney enjoyed an exciting 8 days in the little known and understood east European country of Belarus to follow in the footsteps of soldiers and commanders who took part in either Hitler’s or Napoleon’s invasion of Russia... Read more
As the calendar turns over into August (!) there is still time to book a tour with us in 2016. We can make the necessary requests to get you a seat on the train/boat/planes and of course a room at the inn(s)... Read more
An insightful 8 day tour to Poland with Professor Tim Cole to appreciate both the horror and efficiency of the Nazi regime and the wonder of Polish culture: amongst other includes visits to Treblinka, Majdanek, Belzec, Lublin, Auschwitz, Warsaw and Krakow. Read more
Bernard Cornwell hit on the brilliant device of inventing a fictional character from Wellington’s favourite Light Division as a device for introducing readers to the Peninsular War in an entertaining and digestible way. On this tour we take a similar approach... Read more
Guide John ‘DZ’ introduces his latest book, co-written with Andrew Brentnall, in his Wargaming in History Series. It is their first venture into the Europe of the mid-19th century. The events it describes, analyses and represents on the wargames table, occurred only 5 years after the Battle of First Bull Run. But the book demonstrates the new face of warfare which had emerged in the short span of time. Read more
On our arrival at St Pancras station a number of our participants were already waiting at our usual meeting point, next to the Sir John Betjeman statue, and the rest closely followed. All greeted each other and some caught up with familiar faces from previous tours. Once the whole group was present and had received their tickets we moved swiftly through check-in and into the departure lounge where we again congregated before making our way on to the train. All being seated in the same carriage allowed our guide Bruce to move through the train to distribute the tour handout and to introduce himself personally... Read more
Don’t miss this remarkable Tour! It tells the story of the legendary Light Division – an extraordinary ‘band of brothers’ who fought in just about every action of the Peninsular War and thereby provide us with a representative cross section of the campaign. Read more