Arnhem - Operation Market Garden Battlefield Trips Review

This Battlefield Trips Review was written by our customer Robbie Cole who travelled on an adult group tour with Gallina Battlefield Tours to the Arnhem 71st anniversary of Operation Market Garden in September 2015.

Here is Robbie's story.

From a young age World War One and Two have been a great interest for me. It all began when my Great Grandmother gave me some medals belonging to my Great Grandfather who served in World War One. If ever there was a project in school a film or documentary on television that was me interested.

 

Earlier this year my friend asked me if I fancied going to the 71st anniversary of Operation Market Garden in Holland to see where his Dad served when he was 19, with me being so interested this wasn't a hard decision to make.

 

Having never done anything like this before we turned to the Internet to see what was available - We came across Galina Battlefield Tours and after looking at the website wartours.com we thought this is everything we want so we went ahead and booked it.

 

Arnhem John Frost Bridge - Battlefield Tours

From getting on the coach to arriving to the ferry terminal was a breeze all the stress of travelling was taken away as everything was done for us.

 

A very carefully put together booklet explaining the background to the battle was issued and our tour guide Barry began commentary after we docked at Rotterdam. From then on the tour just got better and better, from visiting memorials to seeing the most iconic places of the battle, this trip had everything!

 

On Sunday we attended a remembrance service - it hit home with me more than any film or documentary could ever the effects of war and how much these men sacrificed their lives for us.

 

As I stood amongst the many graves, I looked around to see more veterans smartly dressed proudly displaying their medals and with the sound of the last post ringing in my ears, tears in my eyes - my mind wondered to the different scenarios that were faced by all the soldiers and my thoughts turned to the people who didn’t get to come home.

 

St Eusebius Church Arnhem - Battlefield Tours

The trip was a credit to your company and I would recommend it to anyone with a historic interest - they will not be disappointed.

 

Thank you all at Galina Battlefield Tours for creating this special memory for me it's something that I will remember forever.

 

Robbie Cole

 

For further information on Galina's Group Battlefield Tours for adults visit wartours.com

Crowd gather at Arnhem remembrance service

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