Please accept my thanks and pass them on to the rest of the team there at Battle Honours. As I said before, my only goal was to visit the grave of my great uncle at Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Cemetery. My "private" vip trip, driven by our Greek Guide, Apostolous, was certainly something to remember. I put a wreath on the Cross of Sacrifice and took some photos of the grave, cemetery & one of the gardeners. I did not walk the last sections of the walks, on Wednesday & Thursday, as I didn't want to become a burden on the rest of the group if I had any problems - Steve was agreeable with that and I stayed with the minibus. The programme of events was about right, all in all, a great trip, expertly run by Steve and Alanand your team for organising everything so well – a very special tour.
David Harrington, Walking Salonika September 2017
Whilst i have done many self organised tours this is my first Battle Honours It lived up to all the high praise that others had given them and meeting up with people who had been on so many of your tours was a confirmation of their success.
Thanks to you and Jack who complimented each other so well we saw and learned so much in such a short space of time that I am trying to digest it with reference to the photos taken. Certainly as you said the Tour that goes to places that no other tour ever touches.
Also personally fulfilling in at last seeing the location of the Schwaben Redoubt and the STARFISH LINE makes the war diaries written descriptions more imaginable. So thank you to all who organised it and looking forward to ARRAS and CAMBRAI in 2017
here are some pics of you and Jack in action All the best
Chris Weekes (Western Front Association) October 2016
It just occurred to me that it's been three weeks since our battlefield tour ended and I still haven't written my thanks for the exceptional job you did. I know I can always depend on you to deliver a wonderful tour, but in this case (if you'll pardon a baseball metaphor), you hit it out of the park. I was especially impressed with the job you did on the role of the US 27th and 30th Divisions in the "Breaking the Hindenburg Line" battle. Despite the fact that the battle has been controversial for almost a century and that everyone blamed everyone else for the problems they experienced, you were able to cut through the fog (literally) to give us a balanced picture of what actually happened.
I was particularly thrilled that you were able to get me so close to the site near Montbrehain where Beth's grandfather was wounded on 8 October 1918. Before going on this trip, I figured I'd be lucky to get within 10 or 15 miles of the spot.
Steve Suddaby, Washington DC, September 2017
Just a brief email to thank you and Jack for a superb tour. The admin, stand locations and, particularly, the expert (and humorous where appropriate) commentary from you both were all outstanding and much appreciated by everyone. The chance to go to areas not reached by other tours was equally memorable and the insight you gave us on the German and French roles in the latter days of the Somme was a real eye-opener. For my part, of course, your reading out of the 11 Lancs Fusiliers ops report in which my ancestor was mentioned (and for which he won his first MC) on the exact spot from where the Bn started their attack on Regina Trench almost 100 years ago to the day, was totally unforgettable.
So thanks for a great four days and the best of luck with your future plans. I will certainly recommend Battle Honours to friends and colleagues.
TestimonialsAt Battle Honours we are now in our 10th year of touring. Testimony to our growing success is borne out by our growing database of returning visitors. Their comments are the most effective means for people to understand our tours, our ethos and the value of joining the Battle Honours experience.
Here is just a sample of the feedback we have received for our tours.
I just wanted to thank you again for the amazing trip. It was genuinely the most interesting educational trip I have been on so far, and I learnt so much about both the battle at Gallipoli as well as the army in general.
The five days spent abroad gave me a unique glimpse into what life in Gallipoli must have been like for both the British and Turkish troops, and opened my eyes to the possibility of having a career in the army - something which I had never before considered. I cannot thank you all enough for the information you have given me, it has not only enriched my knowledge of history but also inspired me to learn more and more about the past so that I can better understand why our lives and military is how it is today.
I am incredibly grateful for having been given the chance to come on this trip, and touching moments such as the memorial and reading the words of Ataturk are times that I will remember my whole life.
Thank you so so much again for everything, this has truly been an amazing experience and I hope to stay in contact with you to keep learning about your fields of work if possible.
All the best,
Louise Rudolph - Wallingford Grammar School July 2016