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Commando Operations of WWII featuring Dieppe, St. Nazaire & Normandy


7 days from £659pp

About the tour: Commando Operations of WWII featuring Dieppe, St. Nazaire & Normandy

  • Campaign: World War 2 (WW2)
  • Campaign Dates Covered: Aug 1942 - Jun 1944

This tour will cover the following key events

  • Operation Jubilee: Dieppe - 19 August 1942
    In August 1942, the Allies launced an attack on the Germans at the port of Dieppe. The aim was to occupy as much ground as possible and gather intelligence. However, the plan failed and saw over 60% of the Allied force who landed at Dieppe, being killed, wounded or captured.
  • Operation Chariot: Raid on St Nazaire - 28 March 1942
    During WW2 the British launced a successful amphibious attack on the Germans at St.Nazaire. Carried out as an attempt to force German ships into the heavly defended English Channel, the attack involving the Royal Navy and British Commandos was a success.
  • Operation Overlord - 6 June 1944
    Commonly know as the D-Day Landings, Operation Overlord saw the successful invasion of the German occupied Western Europe druing WW2. The operation involed Allied troops landing on five beaches in Normandy and launching a surprise attack on the Germans.

Tour Introduction

Follow the Commando actions of World War 2 through France as we take a look at some of the huge battles from Operation Jubilee at Dieppe to the greatest raid of all at St.Nazaire. Pay a visit to the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire and Lorient, take a tour of the Maisy Battery gun positions and visit the Atlantic Wall Museum at Batz. At Pointe du Hoc we see the Rangers battlefield and we also follow the story of British commandoes on D-Day from Sword Beach to Eastern Flank.

Tour Includes


  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to our hotel in Rouen for two nights.

Day 2 - Operation Jubilee: The Dieppe Raid

Today we look at the first major Allied attempt to effect a large scale landing on the French coast. In August 1942 Canadians and British commandos laid down the lessons for D-Day but at huge cost. We see the area where No. 3 Commando fought its actions on the flanks, and around Dieppe see the Canadian landing beaches, the bunkers that defeated them and look at the use of tanks. We also visit Dieppe War Cemetery.

Included meals: Breakfast

Dieppe

Dieppe (2)

Key Visits

  • Dieppe
  • No 3 Commando sites
  • Dieppe landing Beaches
  • Dieppe War Cemetery

Day 3 - Saumur Tank Museum

We move from Upper Normandy to St. Nazaire, but en-route stop at the superb Saumur Tank Museum which is France’s national war museum of armoured vehicles, with everything from Shermans to Tiger tanks. We stay in St. Nazaire for two nights.

Included meals: Breakfast

Saumur Tank Museum

Saumur Tank Museum (2)

Key Visits

  • Saumur Tank Museum

Day 4 - The Greatest Raid of All

Operation Chariot was the attack on St Nazaire by Naval and Commando forces in March 1942 when HMS Campbeltown rammed the dock gates of the port used by German U Boats. The operation also resulted in the award of five Victoria Crosses. We look at the raid, see the U Boat pens* and have time to visit the U Boat museum (at own cost). In the afternoon we visit the British graves at Escoublac-la-Baule War Cemetery and the German War Cemetery at Pornichet. *Please note: A degree of walking is required when visiting the U Boat pens as this is a vast area.

Included meals: Breakfast

St_Nazaire-U-boat_pens_St_Nazaire

St_Nazaire-U-boat_pens_St_Nazaire (2)

Key Visits

  • St Nazaire
  • U Boat Pens
  • Escoulbacq War Cemetery
  • Pornichet German War Cemetery

Day 5 - Atlantic Wall & U Boat Pens

We depart St. Nazaire and visit the Grand Blockhaus Museum, a superb example of the Atantlic Wall defences in this area. At Lorient we see the huge U Boat submarine pens which sheltered the Nazi U Boat fleet which operated in this area. After lunch we travel to Caen for two nights.

Included meals: Breakfast

Grand Blockhaus Museum

Grand Blockhaus Museum (2)

Key Visits

  • Grand Blockhaus Museum
  • Lorient submarine pens

Day 6 - Maisy Battery, Pointe du Hoc & Eastern Flank

In Normandy we look at the role of American Rangers and British Commandos. At the Maisy Battery we explore a newly preserved gun battery site attacked by the US Rangers, seeing trenches, bunkers and gun pits, with guns in place. We then see Pointe du Hoc where Rangers assaulted the cliffs and visit the Rangers museum at Grandcamp. In the afternoon we follow the story of British commandoes on D-Day from Sword Beach to the Eastern Flank, visiting the Piper Bill Millin memorial and the Amfreville-Breville battlefield.

Included meals: Breakfast

Sword Beach

Sword Beach (4)

Key Visits

  • Sword Beach
  • Pointe-Du-Hoc
  • Maisy Battery
  • Grandcamp

Day 7

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Please note the Ranger Museum at Grandcamp which we advertise on Day Six has now closed. We will now have extended time at the Maisy Battery and see the grave of Commandant Kieffer in Grandcamp and see a Ranger Memorial and the World Peace sculpture.


 

Pre-Tour Reading

A selection of related books for pre or post tour reading.

  • Dorrian, J.G. - St Nazaire (Pen & Sword 2006)
  • Ford, Ken - Dieppe 1942 (Osprey 2003)
  • Ford, Ken - St Nazire 1942 (Osprey 2001)
  • Reed, Paul - Walking D-Day (Pen & Sword 2012)
  • Saunders, Tim - Dieppe: Operation Jubilee (Pen & Sword 2005)

Passenger Information

The Tour


The Commando Operations of WWII tour looks at some of the key sites connected with special operations in Occupied Europe following the formation of Commando forces in 1940 and later operations that including American Rangers.

Foreign Currency


The Commando Operations of WWII tour takes place in France and therefore you will only need the Euro. You are advised to get Euros – in cash – in advance of your tour, as most banks in France do not provided currency exchange services.

What to Bring


As we will be visiting largely coastal areas, the weather can be changeable, and it is advisable to bring sensible clothes and always pack a jumper and waterproofs. Good, stout shoes are essential and comfortable walking boots or trainers are ideal. In warm weather always bring a hat and sun cream, and it is advisable to have a supply of water, which is usually on sale on the coach as well.

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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Hotel

You will stay for two nights at a minimum 2-star hotel in Rouen, followed by two nights at the 3-star Holiday Inn Express in St. Nazaire. You will then stay for two nights at either the 2-star Carline Caen Nord or Kyriad Caen Sud-Ifs in Caen.

Kyriad Caen Sud Ifs

About the hotel

The Kyriad Caen Sud Ifs hotel is located 9km from Caen railway station and also is only 20km away from the Landing beaches. The area is well known for its outstanding architectural heritage within the town of Caen which is linked with William the Conqueror due to his burial in the towns Abbey. The hotels facilities include Wi-Fi/Internet access and a bar. All bedrooms feature hairdryer, flat screen T.V, Tea and Coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Express By Holiday Inn St Nazaire

About the hotel

At the Holiday Inn Express Saint Nazaire you will find comfort and great hospitality, together with an excellent location, just 5 minutes-walk from the centre. Saint-Nazaire is a place full of historical sites - the famous Escal’Atlantic, a museum to the historic ocean liner experience to be found inside a former German WWII submarine, is right outside the hotel. Bedrooms all feature satellite T.V. with English channels (English newspapers are also available at reception) and hairdryer. In December 2015, the hotel received an IHG award for the best European front desk team.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

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.

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan

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Travel Extras

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

Stay overnight near Dover

Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

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.

Door-to-Door service

On Battlefield tours of 7 days’ duration or more, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point. If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining points we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer vehicle, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. The cost is just £30 per booking each way for up to four people per booking.

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge – please enquire at the time of booking.

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