News & Events–Over There: Join the World War One Historical Association on its 2017 Pilgrimage to the American Battlefields of WW1, 3-11 June, 2017. Reserve Your Spot Today!

KD View from Hattonchatel in the St. Mihiel Salient 2007

View from Hattonchatel in the St. Mihiel Salient 2007. Photo by Kevin Drake.


Walking the battlefields of World War 1 brings history to life in a way that you can’t get from reading books, watching movies, or using modern technology such as Google Earth.  To follow in the footsteps of the American troops who went to war in 1917-18 is an unforgettable experience.  Whether you are retracing the steps of a relative or are just a student of military history, join the World War One Historical Association on its 2017 Pilgrimage to the American Battlefields of WW1.


  • An eight-day coach tour covering the major American battlefields of the war
  • Most expenses, excluding airfare, are included
  • Cost $2,300 per double occupancy; $350 single room supplement
  • Tour is being led by 30-year battlefield visitor and author Randal S. Gaulke


Download the Tour Flyer and Registration Form and Terms and Details Below:

WW1HA Battlefield Tour Flyer Final July 14

WW1HA Reg Form and Terms and Details Final July 14


For more Details:

Feel free to contact tour guide, Randal Gaulke, with any questions.  He can be reached by phone at 908-451-0252 (best weekday evenings after 7:00pm EST or on weekends) or by email at [email protected].


KD The Ruins of Montfaucon Church 2007

The Ruins of Montfaucon Church, 2007. Photo by Kevin Drake.


A bit of History:

By way of background, this is the sixth battlefield tour endorsed by the WW1HA or its predecessor, The Western Front Association, United States Branch.  The first tour took place in 1998 with Tony & Teddy Noyes of Flanders Tours acting as the tour guide and Randal Gaulke and Stephen Matthews assisting in various capacities.  Subsequently, Paul Guthrie of the WW1HA began to organize tours every two years, using various tour guide companies.


KD A Hike in the Woods 2007

A Hike in the Woods, 2007. Photo by Kevin Drake.


About the Tour Guide:

Randal Gaulke is a familiar figure on the Western Front.  He has visited it 20 times since 1986, and he has led tour groups of various sizes.  Randal is also a director of the WW1HA, and he was coordinator for the WW1HA’s 2015 Symposium in Lisle, Illinois.  He has spoken at various conferences and published research on WW1.  A compete CV can be found in the “Features–About the Author” section of this website.


Endorsement from Paul Guthrie:

I’ve known Randy since 1998 when we were on the U.S. Branch Western Front Association’s first battlefield tour.  Randy helped organize that.  I have made 15 trips to the Great War battlefields in Belgium, France, Italy, Turkey, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Macedonia and Bulgaria.  I organized and attended five trips for the U.S. Branch WFA including the 2007 trip when he was guide for the Meuse-Argonne and St. Mihiel.

He knows those battlefields better than anyone I’ve known; and I’ve been there multiple times with good guides.  He is friends with the locals, speaks French and German and has great people skills.  I highly recommend him.