Battlefield Netherlands

About the tour: Battlefield Netherlands

Tour Introduction

In the autumn of 1944 the Allied forces found themselves advancing on a wide front across the Netherlands. The famous Operation Market Garden, leading to Arnhem, took place but there were many forgotten battles along the eastern corridor of Holland. This new tour takes us off the beaten track following some of the toughest battles of 75 years ago. We will look at the fighting of Overloon, the story of George Eardley VC and Eric Harden VC. We will also take time to visit the Museum at Overloon and the Eyewitness Museum at Beek which is one of the best private collections from WW2 in the Netherlands.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 2 evening meals
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Convenient local joining points
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Holland, where we stay for three nights.

Day 2 - Overloon

We start at Overloon looking at the fighting here in October 1944 when the 1st Suffolk made their attack.

From here we see the Overloon Windmill site where both Americans and British troops fought in 1944, and after seeing the graves in Overloon War Cemetery we visit original WW2 trenches and foxholes in the woods.

After lunch and time to explore the superb Overloon War Museum, with many WW2 tanks and artefacts, we follow the story of George Eardley VC and look at Monty’s Ironsides at Venray, seeing the battlefield and Venray War Cemetery.

We end at the huge German War Cemetery at Ysselsteyn

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overloon War Museum

Overloon War Museum (4)

Key Visits

  • German War Cemetery, Ysselstyn
  • Overloon War Cemetery
  • Overloon War Museum

Day 3 - River Roer

Today we focus on the fighting in the ground between eastern Holland and Germany, along the River Roer.

We start at Brunssum War Cemetery where some of the dead from the fighting in the Roer Salient are buried and then examine Operation Clipper, the fighting for Geilenkirchen.

At Susteren we follow the assault crossing by British troops and see an 88mm anti-tank gun, before visiting Sittard War Cemetery where the youngest recipient of the Victoria Cross in WW2 is buried.

After lunch we look at the story of Eric Harden, a Commando medic who was awarded the Victoria Cross in this area. We then see an original Buffalo tracked vehicle on the River Maas before ending at the incredible Eyewitness Museum at Beek which is one of the best Second World War private collections in the Netherlands.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

German 88mm at Susteren

German 88mm at Susteren (5)

Key Visits

  • Beek Eyewitness Museum
  • German 88mm at Susteren
  • Eric Harden VC Memorial
  • Buffalo LVTP on the Maas

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 3-star Hotel Walram in the centre of Valkenburg. The hotel has a lift, restaurant and bar. The Walram’s indoor swimming pool and sauna are also available to use.

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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