Tobruk Battlefield Tour
Tobruk – the most exciting of all battlefield tours to North Africa In 1941 this small town and harbour became the focal point of 14 months of fighting, typified by the doggedness of Commonwealth troops to defend Tobruk and by Rommel, who was equally determined to capture the port. Tales of bravery in and around Tobruk are abundant, numerous Victoria Crosses were awarded, four of which were posthumous, a testament to the severe fighting. When Rommel finally captured Tobruk in 1942 it became his greatest moment in the Desert War, Churchill called it a “national disgrace”. Rommel knew better and it was he that christened the defenders the “Rats of Tobruk” a proud title still worn by veterans today.  
Tobruk Day 1  Mid-day flight from London to Tripoli, before flying onto Benghazi, landing at the same Benina airfield that was used by the German Luftwaffe. Over-night in Benghazi. (D) Day 2  Drive to Tobruk via Regima Ridge where in April 1941 the 2/13 th AIF Battalion held up the advancing Afrika Korps, to Mechilli where the 3rd Indian Motor Brigade fought a similar battle before being over-run, two stubborn rear-guards which allowed retreating British and Commonwealth troops to reach Tobruk. Check into our hotel for five nights. (B>L>D) Day 3 Operation Crusader Early start as we take 4 wheel drive vehicles along the Rommel Road and Trigh Capuzzo through the minefields to Sidi Rezegh airfield, the site of the Crusader battles of November 1941, and where Jock Campbell, George Gunn and John Beeley all won Victoria Crosses. We shall also visit the Blockhouse captured in dramatic style by the 2 nd New Zealand Division. A picnic lunch will be taken at the Sidi Rezegh Memorial. After lunch we shall drive across the desert to the airfield at Bir el Gobi where the 22 nd Armoured Brigade was fought to a standstill by the Italians. (B>L>D)
Keyes Beach Day 9  Visits to Tripoli war cemetery and tour of city, including coffee at the bar where “Ice Cold in Alex” was filmed. Today gives those who wish an opportunity to visit the Roman city of Leptis Magna at Homs. (B>L>D) Day 10  Return flight to UK/Home (B) Tour Dates: 6th to 15th April Tour Price: £ 1.950 Insurance: £   33 if required Group Price: on application Deposit per person: £ 250 Single Supplement: £    250 Price includes: Flights from the UK. Visa and Passport registration**. All transport in air conditioned buses and 4x4 vehicles All 4/5 Star hotels. All meals (see itinery, B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner) All entrance fees Campaign booklet Battlefield Guide All passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months. Anyone with a Israeli stamp or visa in their passport will not be allowed entry into Libya. ** Please note that at the time of writing the cost of a visa is fluctuating between £100 and £300 per person. An allowance of £100 has been made, as this is the normal cost of a tourist visa.
Sidi Rezegh airfield Day 4    Gazala and Knightsbridge Early start as we make our way to the South African positions astride the Trigh Bir Hakim and above the impressive Bay of Gazala. Then to “Commonwealth Keep” and Sidi Muftah before heading east to the Knightsbridge Memorial and Blockhouse. Returning to Tobruk via Sidra Ridge and Stopcol. (B>L>D) Day 5      Rats of Tobruk Early start as we examine the Australian defence of Tobruk . Visit to Fig Tree hospital and Hill 209 which Rommel attacked and captured in April/May 1941. Drive along the Tobruk perimeter to post R33 where Cpl Edmundson won Australia’s first VC of the war, and where we shall have a picnic lunch. After lunch we shall drive to the other side of the perimeter to Ed Duda, fought over time and time again and where two more Victoria Crosses were won. (B>L>D) Day 6 Massacre at Tobruk Today we examine the disastrous Combined Operations Raid on Tobruk of September 1942, then we have lunch overlooking the harbour before visiting the war museum, the famous Hotel Tobruk and other well-known sites related to the raid. We shall also visit Tobruk war cemetery. (B>L>D)
Tobruk War Cemetery Day 7  Follow coast road back towards Sousa and Benghazi via Knightsbridge war cemetery and the “White House” the famous German field hospital and the equally well known Derna Pass. Visit to the ancient city of Appollonia. Over-night in Sousa. (B>L>D) Day 8  This morning we make our way back to Benghazi via the ancient city of Cyrene and the Temple of Zeus. To Beda Littoria, where we will visit the site of the famous “Raid on Rommel” HQ building. We shall have a picnic lunch on the very beach where Colonel Keyes and his party landed. Then on to the Wadi Kuf to hear about Libya’s greatest hero, Omar Mukhtar the Lion of the Desert. On arrival at Benghazi we will visit Benghazi war cemetery, before our return flight to Tripoli. Over-night in Tripoli. (B>L>D)