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Launched in 1863, The SS Iona II had not even been in service for a year, but already this state of the art twin paddle steamer built to ferry Scots across the River Clyde had been snapped up for trans-Atlantic clandestine operations by Charles Hopkins Boster of Richmond, VA. On the night 19th January 1864, fully laden with coal and her mysterious cargo, she set sail to travel the short journey across the Irish Sea to Queenstown (Cobh) near Cork, where some say she refueled again Read more
We have been working hard to come up with some brilliant tours that we are looking to run throughout 2019. You can register your interest in these tours by filling in the form at the bottom of this page.
By registering your interest in a tour you will be given an exclusive booking window to be able to book a tour before it goes on general sale so please do let us know if a tour interests you. Read more
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. 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
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
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