Battlefield Tour Morocco Operation Torch
Led by Steve Hamilton The United States had last sent armed forces to Morocco during the Second Barbary War of 1815. However, on 8th November 1942 US forces would again be off the coast of Morocco. The Western Task Force was landing on the coast between Port Lyautey and Fedala and Safi. This was the beginning of American involvement in North Africa, other landings would take place in Algeria and before the end of the year American and British forces would be on the outskirts of Tunis. The Panzerarmee Afrika counter-attacked delaying the end, but six months to the day of these landings the war in North Africa would finally be over. While in Morocco we will also look at the most famous desert fighters of them all – the Foreign Legion. We shall follow one of their longest marches, see their longest tunnel and examine two of their typical No Surrender battles. We shall cross the Atlas Mountains and spend one night in a 5* Bedouin encampment. Who wouldn’t want a drink in Ricks Café in Casablanca? This is a 5* exclusive and exciting tour that encompasses WW2 and the romance of the desert and the Foreign Legion.
6th August  Arrive Casablanca, met and transferred to our hotel; check in at hotel. Dinner & overnight (D) 7th August Casablanca After breakfast, we visit Ben Msik War cemetery in Casablanca. Where we can find the grave of Galley Boy Raymond Steed, who at 14 years of age, was the youngest known Commonwealth casualty of the Second World War. He is buried alongside “The Auk” We then take the opportunity to see some of the famous sites of Casablanca - Mohammed V Square, the Royal Palace, the Mehkama, the Cathedral Notre Dame de Lourdes, external visit of the famous Hassan II Mosque and the beautiful Ain Diab Corniche. Back to the hotel, freshen up. Dinner at Restaurant Rick’s Café, back to the hotel & overnight (B>D) 8th August Operation Torch
Today we visit the landing beaches at Fedala where Patton and the 3rd Infantry Division landed. We then move onto the landing beaches at Port Lyautey where units from the 9th Infantry Division and 66th Armoured Regiment landed, under command of General Truscott.  At both sites we shall examine the landings and the bridgehead and the fight for the “Kasbah” Return to Casablanca. Dinner and overnight at hotel. 9th August  Landings at Safi After breakfast at hotel, we head to Marrakech via the landing beaches at Safi, Where, under the command of General Harmon the remainder of 9th Infantry Division and the 67th Armoured Regiment landed. We will also visit the defensive position at Pointe de la Tour and La Railleuse. We then continue to Marrakech. Dinner is at a local restaurant. Back to the hotel & overnight (B>D) 10th August “In the footsteps of the Foreign Legion” After an early departure, we cross the High Atlas Mountains and reach the 2260 m-high Tizi N’Tichka pass. Then we continue on until we reach the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Then continue towards Ouarzazate through the implacable Hamada. Optional lunch in Ouarzazate followed by a visit to Kasbah of Taourirt. The journey then continues along the Road of one thousand Kasbahs to the Dades Valley. Along this road we will pass through the fascinating town of Skoura as well as Kalaat Magouna, which is known for its roses. After arriving in Boumalne Dades, there will be dinner and an overnight stay. (B>D)
11th August  Beau Geste” After breakfast, we go from Dades gorges to Errachida. Berber villages are scattered along the way, we’ll pass through Todra Gorges, Tinghir, Arrive to Errachidia drive to the Foreign Legion fort at Ksar Amezouj.  We then return to Errachidia, then continue to Merzouga, an experience not to be missed is to watch the sunset from the spectacular Merzouga dunes, an energizing location in the midst of the huge every-changing golden dunes.  Traditional dinner in the evening will be prepared and served, with an accompaniment of live Saharan music and desert hospitality, for the sharing! (B>D) 12th August  Landings at Safi We rise early for a morning departure by camel from the camp and return for a traditional Berber breakfast, We then head to another Legion fortification, Fort Tazougert to examine the dramatic story of the “40 against 400” . We then return to Marrakech via Ouarzazate. Dinner & overnight at hotel (B>D) 13th August Breakfast at hotel, departure to Casablanca Airport for your flight home, or join our flight to Marseille. (B) A/C bus for all transfers and battlefields as per itinerary, 4WD from day 5 to day 7, 1 bottle of mineral water per day per person while touring,  5* Hotels, Meals as itinerary (B D), 2 dinners at Moroccan Restaurants in Marrakech & Casablanca, Entrance fees to monuments.  Arrival & departure transfers, Battlefield Guide.