The Battles for Antwerp

About the tour: The Battles for Antwerp

Tour Introduction

In the autumn of 1944 the Allied Armies were still being supplied direct from the Normandy beaches, now hundreds of miles from the front line. The port of Antwerp had to be taken, but to make it operational, the Walcheren Island also had to be captured as it guarded the approaches to Antwerp. There was heavy fighting here in 1944; join us on this new tour as we look at some of the Netherlands' most remarkable museums and battlefield sites.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to Antwerp in Belgium for a three-night stay.

Day 2 - Operation Switchback & Walcheren Island

We start on the coast opposite the Walcheren Island and see where the Canadians landed during Operation Switchback, a small ‘D-Day’ style landing that outflanked the German defenders. We see the landing beach and memorials and then cross to the Walcheren Island.

Here we visit the Zeeland Liberation Museum with its extensive collection and outdoor memorial park, which includes defences, bunkers, tanks and a Bailey Bridge.

After lunch in Middelburg, we look at the British landings on the Walcheren Island at Flushing and Westkapelle, seeing the memorials and the Sherman Tank on the Dyke. We then look at the Canadian battle along the causeway, seeing the memorials and where the battle actually took place.

Included meals: Breakfast

Sherman Tank, Westkapelle

Sherman Tank, Westkapelle (6)

Key Visits

  • Flushing Commando Memorial
  • Westkapelle, Walcheren Island
  • Sherman Tank, Westkapelle
  • Zeeland Liberation Museum
  • Operation Switchback Memorial

Day 3 - Battle for Antwerp & Wings of Liberation Museum

Today we look at the British attack on Antwerp and see the Cromwell Tank Memorial to the 11th Armoured Division. We discuss the Canadian fighting in the area and see a Sherman Tank at Woensdrecht, before visiting the superb WW2 War Museum at Ossendrecht with its remarkable collection of artefacts.

After lunch we visit a rare example of a German Panther Tank in Breda, and then travel to the Wings of Liberation Museum which looks at the air war over Antwerp and the Netherlands. Here, there are not only aircraft on display but also tanks and other vehicles.

We end at the Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery where the dead from the fighting in this region are buried.

Included meals: Breakfast

Woensdrecht Sherman Tank

Woensdrecht Sherman Tank (3)

Key Visits

  • Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery
  • Woensdrecht Sherman Tank
  • Cromwell Tank, Antwerp
  • WW2 Museum, Ossendrecht
  • Panther Tank, Breda
  • Wings of Liberation Museum

Day 4

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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You will stay for three nights at the Holiday Inn Express Antwerp City - North, located near to Antwerp centre. 

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Travel Extras

With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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