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2021 Virtual Battlefield Tours
The National WWI Museum and Memorial is pleased to offer several virtual battlefield tours in 2021 with Battle Guide Virtual Tours and Battle Honours. While international travel and gathering in groups is discouraged, tune in online to learn more about the pivotal battles that shaped WWI. Taking advantage of cutting-edge technology, each 90-minute presentation (with Q/A) takes you onto the ground in France and provides a bird’s-eye view, enlivened by expert storytelling and history teaching. Check back for information about further 2021 virtual tour offerings.
Meuse-Argonne – Saturday, May 8, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
The Argonne Forest, lending its name to the infamous Meuse-Argonne campaign, is as embedded in the American psyche as much as “Passchendaele” is for British Commonwealth nations. From the legend of “The Lost Battalion” to the Hollywood-worthy heroism of Corporal Alvin York, battlefield historians will explore the defining experiences of the American Expeditionary Force in one of its most devastating battles.
Montfaucon – Saturday, June 12, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
Having no prior combat experience and little support on the front lines, the 79th “Liberty” Division of the American Expeditionary Forces struggled to capture the village of Montfaucon during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Examine the unique challenges and outcome of the mission with battlefield historians as they piece together one of the most harrowing stories from the Western Front, featuring period records and archival materials from the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s collection.
Breaking the Hindenburg Line – Saturday, July 10, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
With the capture of the formidable Hindenburg Line at Bellicourt, the Allies cleared a straight path to Le Cateau and ultimately, victory on the Western Front. Walk in the footsteps of the British Expeditionary Force’s Fourth Army, along with the Australian and American units who assisted them, with battlefield historians as they retrace the journey using official reports and soldier memoirs.
2022 Traveling Battlefield Tour: Verdun and Saint-Mihiel
Saturday, September 17 through Thursday, September 22, 2022
Nourishing the lush vineyards of northeastern France is a soil storied and shattered by two of the 20th century’s most significant battles. Join the National WWI Museum and Memorial in exploring the hallowed forests and hollowed grounds of Verdun and the Saint-Mihiel Salient, their ruins a shrine to the endurance of Franco-American fraternité. The 2022 Battlefield Tour will be led in-person by Clive Harris and Mike St Maur Sheil. More details will be announced in the coming months.
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About Clive Harris
Raised in Hertfordshire, Clive developed a lifelong fascination with history. He spent seven years with the Royal Corps of Signals, serving operationally overseas with the 1st Armoured Division in BAOR — an Infantry attachment with the Royal Green Jackets, in Cyprus, Germany and France — and finally taking an instructor’s post in the Signals Wing of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. On leaving the army he joined his local Constabulary, serving 11 years in their Force Operations Room as a specialist communications officer and control room manager. In 1998, he began working as a speaker, writer, researcher and battlefield guide and since then has guided groups to the Somme, Ypres, Arras, Mons, Cambrai, The Hindenburg Line, Verdun, and Gallipoli for the Great War, as well as Normandy, Arnhem, The Italian Campaign, and of course the London Blitz for the Second World War. Clive is a Badged Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (No33) and also a member of the British Commission for Military History.
About Mike St Maur Sheil
Mike is the award-winning curator of Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace 1914-1918. After studying Geography at Oxford, in the early 1970s Mike began his career as a photojournalist covering “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Here he became associated with the New York picture agency, Black Star, and over thirty years later he is still in the fortunate position of being paid to do what he loves doing — taking photographs. Mike has visited over 60 countries around the world, working for a wide range of clients such as ABC-TV, BBC, Anti-Slavery International, British Red Cross, European Commission, National Geographic, The New York Times, Shell, Time and Time Life.
Images courtesy of Mike St Maur Sheil / Fields of Battle 1418