News & Events–Over There: Space Remaining on Small-Group Battlefield Walk Series



It is early March, 2018, and the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Offensive Commemoration Events are just months away:  There are still some places remaining for the Small-Group Battlefield Walk Series that the Webmaster and Markus Klauer have organized in late September; but readers are strongly encouraged to sign up today.

There are several reasons readers should join the tour series.  Here are the major ones:

  1. The real gem is envisioned to be the afternoon hike in the field.  For each day–i.e. each specific Army Corps covered–the organizers will select lesser-known sites between the jump-off lines and the Kriemhilde Stellung (aka Hindenburg Line) to be visited on foot.  It is difficult to get this level of field activity on most organized bus tours.
    • Corollary:  The morning “monument tour” is perfect for those who lack either the interest level or physical endurance to be “in the field” the full day.
  2. The combined German – American approach (and the 60+ years of combined experience of the German and American tour guides) will also present a unique perspective.
  3. Furthermore, each tour’s small size will encourage maximum interaction and learning.
  4. Randal and Markus have organized this walk series around the key American Battle Monuments Commission Commemoration Ceremonies on 22 and 23 September; making it easy for participants to attend these events too.
    • On 22 September the ABMC will hold a Commemoration Ceremony at the St. Mihiel American Cemetery in Thiaucourt.
    • On 23 September the AMBC will  hold a Luminary Event (i.e. Candle Lighting) at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon.
  5. Finally, Randal and Markus have also organized a “Centennial Dinner and Meet & Greet” on Friday evening, 21 September.  This will offer participants a chance to meet other American and European history buffs.  (More in another blogpost.)

The tour brochure has been posted here:  Small Group Final 6 Pages Jan 2018

Please direct any questions to Webmaster and Tour Guide, Randy Gaulke.