Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours Adds New WWI Tour to Its 2016 Portfolio

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The War to End All Wars WWI Tour, which runs from September 29-October 12, 2016, marks the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and will explore the most significant sites along the old Western Front in Belgium and France.

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Simply put, World War I changed the world forever and we still feel its effect to this day.

Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours has added the War to End All Wars WWI Tour to its portfolio of best-in-class historical and military tours. The tour marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War, which began on July 28, 1914 and lasted until November 11, 1918. The WWI Tour will explore the most significant sites along the old Western Front in Belgium and France, while senior historian Chris Anderson discusses the Great War’s terrible consequences at the very places where history was made. The tour will run from September 29-October 12, 2016.

“By the time the guns fell silent, 10-million soldiers were dead, centuries old monarchies were overthrown, the map of the Middle East was redrawn, the United States had become a world power and an embittered Corporal Adolf Hitler returned to Bavaria determined to avenge the humiliating terms of the Armistice and return Germany to Greatness,” says Anderson. “Simply put, WWI changed the world forever and we still feel its effect to this day. To most Americans, however, what President Woodrow Wilson called the, ‘war to end war’ remains little more than a historical footnote to the more well-known story of the United States’ great victory during World War II.”


The War to End All Wars WWI Tour features many highlights. In Belgium, the Battle of Waterloo redrew the map of Europe and the Ypres/Salient Battlefields were the site of some of the first clashes between the Germans and the British Expeditionary Forces. In France, the tour will visit the Arras Battlefields, site of one of the bloodiest encounters of WWI; the Canadian National Memorial at Vimy Ridge in Cambrai; Trescault, one of the Western Front’s most incredible archaeological discoveries; the Battle of the Somme, to explore the battlefields of the darkest day in the history of the British Army; the Meuse Argonne, America's greatest offensive in WWI; Verdun, the location of America's first offensive; and Montfaucon, the site of the largest battle in American history and American Memorial.


Historian Chris Anderson will lead the WWI Tour. Anderson, who is a senior historian at Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours, is noted for his expertise in the Northwest Europe Campaign of 1944-1945, Band of Brothers, and the 101st Airborne, as well as the American Revolution. After completing college, Anderson studied WWI while living in the U.K. for a year. He interviewed British veterans of the Great War and then, as assistant curator at the Historical Society of the Militia and National Guard, also interviewed many surviving Doughboys.

As the former associate editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History and WWII Magazine he edited and wrote articles about the U.S. involvement in both World Wars. Anderson was also one of the original creators of Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours' Band of Brothers Tour and a personal confidant of Major Dick Winters, the Commanding Officer of Easy Company, as well as many other veterans of WWII. He has been leading tours to the battlefields of WWI and WWII for more than 20 years.

Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours

Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours carries on the legacy of its founder, Stephen E. Ambrose, the author of several best-selling books, including D-Day: June 6, 1944, Undaunted Courage and Band of Brothers, co-writer and executive producer of the epic HBO series Band of Brothers, and founder of The National WWII Museum. The tour company offers a rich array of historical and WWII Tours that are based on Dr. Ambrose’s research and led by full-time historians, who are leaders in their field and world-renowned authors. Along with regularly scheduled tours, including D-Day Tour, Band of Brothers Tour, Lewis and Clark Tour, Iwo Jima Tour, Operation Overlord Tour, In Patton’s Footsteps Tour, Ghost Army Tour, Italian Campaign Tour and Civil War Tours, for the first time the company will feature a WWI Tour and Baseball in WWII Tour in 2016.

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