OK! Let’s Go! - Allied Airborne in England 1944


About the tour: OK! Let’s Go! - Allied Airborne in England 1944


Tour Introduction

On this new UK based tour, we follow the story of American and British Airborne troops in the training and planning for D-Day and Operation Market Garden in 1944, including the men from the famous Easy Company 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), the ‘Band of Brothers’.

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • FREE regional joining points
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our mainstay hotel for a four-night stay.

Included meals: Dinner

Day 2 - American Airborne

Today we look at the story of the American 82nd and 101st Airborne and their training in England before the drops they made for D-Day and Operation Market Garden. At Littlecote House we see where 506th PIR had their base, and where the commander Colonel Robert Sink had his headquarters, also seeing the memorial and an original stable block relocated from Aldbourne which housed men from Easy Company.

In nearby Ramsbury we look at the area where 101st Airborne trained, seeing the village and Ramsbury Airfield. In Aldbourne we see where Easy Company did their training, including the infamous episode when Major Sobel took the wrong route! After lunch, here we take a short walk around the village to see where they did their training. We will see where Lt Dick Winters who became the OC of Easy Company was billeted and the Church where Lt Ronald Spiers married a local girl.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Key Visits

  • Aldbourne
  • Littlecote House
  • Ramsbury

Day 3 - Uppottery

We travel to the former RAF Dunkeswell airfield and visit the Heritage Centre as well as getting a full guided tour of the site. After lunch in the Aviator Cafe, we visit Uppottery, used by the American Airborne as the assembly area for their D-Day drop and the men from Easy Company flew from here into Normandy in 1944.

We get a full tour of the site, see the Museum in the Nissen Huts, and see the memorials.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Key Visits

  • Uppottery
  • RAF Dunkeswell

Day 4 - British Airborne

At former RAF Tarrant Rushton we look at the role of 6th Airborne Division in the lead-up to D-Day. It was from here that the gliders taking Major John Howard and D Company 2nd Oxs and Bucks to Pegasus Bridge, took off from.

It was also used by other units from the Division for that Operation. We also see memorials to 8th Parachute Battalion and the Glider Pilot Regiment, and at Tidworth Military Cemetery visit the graves of Airborne men who died in training. At Middle Wallop we visit Museum of Army Flying, seeing the extensive Airborne and Glider displays including examples of aircraft used in 1944.

Later we see where 9th Parachute Battalion did their training for the assault on Merville Battery and as we return to our hotel, we stop to visit the grave of Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, who commanded 21st Army Group including all Airborne forces, from D-Day to the end of the war.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Tidworth Military Cemetery

Tidworth Military Cemetery (2)

Key Visits

  • RAF Tarrant Rushton
  • Tidworth Military Cemetery

Day 5

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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Hotel

The 4-star Mercure Salisbury White Hart Hotel is located in the heart of historic Salisbury. This elegant Grade II listed Georgian hotel is steeped in history, having played host to many celebrated figures over the years including Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Raleigh and Mark Twain.

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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