EXPERIENCE WWII HISTORY WITH ACTORS FROM YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW

The reminiscence of the Screaming Eagles and all the brave men who fought alongside of them lives on to this day. Due to the huge impact of the HBO® mini series Band of Brothers®, the legacy of those men has since been passed on to younger generations for the last two decades.

 

Join the We Happy Few 506 Battlefield Tours and we will take you to the exact locations where Major Dick Winters and his men of Easy Company fought for peace in Europe. The tours are led by some of the best and most knowledgeable guides for those areas, as well as being joined by some of the cast from Band of Brothers®. Our tours are granted to become unforgettable events. Out first Masters of the Air® Tour premieres in September 2024.

UPCOMING EVENTS

THE MIGHTY 8TH ON FILM UK TOUR
SEPTEMBER 20-21, 2024

Together with cast members from Masters of the Air®, we will explore the history of the 8th Air Force in Cambridgeshire, UK and the stories it inspired for some of our favourite WWII movies and television shows such as Memphis Belle, Twelve O'Clock High, Combat America and Masters of the Air®. We will look into the mission to Münster, which was portrayed in Episode 5 of Masters of the Air® focussing on the crew of 'Rosie's Riveters'. We will also pay our respects to the fallen at Cambridge American Cemetery.

 

Attending guests*: Josh Bolt (Lt. 'Pappy' Lewis), Ian Dunnett Jnr (Lt. Ronald Bailey), Riley Neldam (Sgt. Michael Boccuzzi), Jonathan Halliwell (Sgt. William DeBlasio), Michael James (Sgt. Loren Darling), Jordan Scowen (Sgt. John Shaffer), Francesco Piancentini-Smith (Sgt. Ray Robinson), Theodore Bhat (Sgt. Clarence Hall) and Jack Parr (Sgt. James Mack) along with Bailey Brook (Sgt. Charles Bailey)

 

Tour guide: Norman Sibbald

 

 

*Guest appearances may be subject to change due to professional reasons

Photo ©: U.S. Army Air Forces (Photo courtesy of 303rd Bomb Group Association)

THE BAND OF BROTHERS LEGACY TOUR*
MAY 6-18, 2024

Experience the history of Easy Company during WWII in Europe all the way from Aldbourne, United Kindgom to the Eagle´s Nest in Germany. This exclusively designed thirteen day battlefield tour is offered to you through a newly formed company by Matthew Leitch of We Happy Few 506 and Erik Dorr of The Gettysburg Museum of History. Experience WWII history and explore the sites where Easy Company fought its way through France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Further details about the tour itinerary, booking conditions and what is included in your travel package can be found on the tour company´s website following the green button below.

 

Attending guests**: Matthew Leitch (Floyd "Tab" Talbert), Erik Dorr (Curator of the Gettysburg Museum of History), more special guests to be announced

 

Tour dates: 

May 6-18, 2024 - London, United Kingdom

*This tour is organized by We Happy Few Gettysburg Museum Tours, LLC

 **Guest appearances may be subject to change due to professional reasons

PAST EVENTS

THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE
JANUARY 27-28, 2024

The Battle of the Bulge Tour 2024 is slightly different from our previous tours to Belgium. We will explore some lesser known places, off the beaten path, where history was made in December 1944 and January 1945. Locations where ordinary men showed extraordinary bravery and acts of valor. We will take you to sites where no other tour will take you. On Day 1 we focus on battle sites in the Northern Arch of the Bulge including stories of 75th Infantry Division and 82nd Airborne Division. Day 2 will focus on Easy Company in the vicinity of Bastogne incl. Halt Station, the Bois Jacques and many more. At some sites we will also learn more about the German perspective on the Battle of the Bulge.

 

Attending guests*: Robin Laing (PFC Edward James "Babe" Heffron), Matthew Leitch (StStg. Floyd "Tab" Talbert)

 

Tour guide: Reg Jans of Battlefield Experience

 

Tour dates: 

January 27-28, 2024

*Guest appearances may be subject to change due to professional reasons

OPERATION MARKET GARDEN
OCTOBER 21-22, 2023

© Ranger Steve via Wikimedia Commons

Market Garden was an Allied military operation during WWII fought in the German-occupied Netherlands in September 1944. Its objective was to create a 64 mile salient into German territory with a bridgehead over the Rhine River. Day one will focus on the US sector in the vicinity of Eindhoven with stops at Son en Breughel, Best, Nuenen, Meijerstad and many more. Day two is about the British sector around Arnhem featuring numerous locations such as Dropzones, John Frost Bridge, the Commonwealth Cemetery Oosterbeek and others. The ticket does not include food, accomodation or travel to Eindhoven.

 

Attending guests*: Matthew Leitch (StSgt. Floyd "Tab" Talbert), Doug Allen (Sgt. Alton More), Mark Huberman (1st Sgt. Lester "Les" Hashey)

 

Tour guide:  Reg Jans of Battlefield Experience 

 

Tour dates: 

October 21-22, 2023 - Eindhoven, Netherlands

 

 *Guest appearances may be subject to change due to professional reasons

TO THE EAGLE´S NEST
OCTOBER 14-15, 2023

Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

On this tour to Austria you will get the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Easy Company with us. The tour itinerary will mainly focus on Berchtesgaden which served as an outpost of the German Reichskanzlei. Its environs saw substantial expansion of offices, security, and support services, mainly on the Obersalzberg during the Third Reich. You will get to see several locations in and around Berchtesgaden with stops at the Berghof, the Eagle´s Nest, Albert Speer House, Kaprun Church & Castle, Zell am See and many more. The ticket does not include food, accomodation or travel to Salzburg, Austria.

 

Attending guests*: Matthew Leitch (Floyd "Tab" Talbert), Matt Hickey (Pvt. Patrick O´Keefe)

 

Tour guide: Tom Lewis - Historical Tour Guide, Accredited by the Institute of Contemporary History Munich - Berlin

 

Tour dates: 

October 14-15, 2023 - Salzburg, Austria

© Marcus Hebel, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

*Guest appearances may be subject to change due to professional reasons

79TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY
JUNE 3-4, 2023

Operation Overlord of June 6, 1944, brought together the land, air, and sea forces of the allied armies in what became known as the largest invasion force in human history. On this tour we will follow Easy Company with WW2TV Paul Woodadge as our guide. Both days will start in the city of Caen where we will travel around Normandy Peninsula visiting locations such as St. Mère-Église, Brecourt Manor, Carentan, St.-Marie-du-Mont, Angoville-au-Plain, as well as the beaches in the American Sector and many more. The cost of the ticket does not include food, accomodation or travel to Normandy.

 

Attending guests*: Matthew Leitch (StSgt. Floyd "Tab" Talbert), Peter McCabe (Cpl. Donald "Hoob" Hoobler)

 

Tour guide:  Paul Woodadge of WW2TV

 

Tour dates: 

June 3-4, 2023

Tickets on sale March 3, 2023

 *Guest appearances may be subject to change due to professional reasons

THE SIEGE OF BASTOGNE
JANUARY 28-29, 2023

The Siege of Bastogne Tour is vastly different from the Battle of the Bulge Tour, which we held in November 2022. This two-day tour will include an event based activity which will be organised by us and focus on what happened oustside of Bastogne during the Ardennes Offensive. We will visit the locations where the men of a number of U.S. Divisions had fought during the cold winter of 1944. Furthermore, you will learn more about the German Forces and their situation during the battle when we will visit sites like Kessler Farm, Assenois, Dead Man´s Ridge, Recogne, Hemroulle and more.

 

Attending guests*: Shane Taylor (Eugene "Doc" Roe), Lucie Jeanne (Renée Lemaire), Matthew Leitch (Floyd "Tab" Talbert), Doug Allen (Alton More)

 

Tour guide: Reg Jans of Battlefield Experience

 

Tour dates: 

January 28-29, 2023

*Guest appearances may be subject to change due to professional reasons

THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE
NOVEMBER 5-6, 2022

The Ardennes Offensive, which is most commonly known as The Battle of the Bulge, was the last major German offensive attack on the Western Front between December 16, 1944 and January 28, 1945. Join us for a two-day tour in Belgium and visit the locations where the men of the 101st Airborne and other Divisions had fought during one of the coldest winters of the 20th century. We will visit a number of sites in the area of Bastogne such as the Halt Station, Bois Jacques, Foy, Rachamps and the Belgian border including the Northern Shoulder of the Battle of the Bulge with sites such as Lanzerath, Wereth, Malmedy and more.

 

Attending guests*: Phil McKee (Robert L. Strayer), Matthew Leitch (Floyd "Tab" Talbert), Freddie Joe Farnsworth (Sgt. Farnsworth & Military Advisor Band of Brothers®)

 

Tour guide: Reg Jans of Battlefield Experience

 

Tour dates: 

November 5-6, 2022

 *Guest appearances may be subject to change due to professional reasons

OPERATION MARKET GARDEN
APRIL 30, 2022

The 101st Airborne Division parachuted into Holland during Operation Market Garden on September 17, 1944. Easy Company was led by Capt. Richard Winters when they jumped into Holland, who was assigned to support the British forces around Eindhoven by defending the roads and bridges that would allow British armored divisions to advance into Arnhem and force a crossing over the major bridge across the Rhine in September 1944.  During the Tour we will be able to visit a number of Operation Market Garden locations along the so called Hell´s Highway leading from Veghel to Son which include the landing zones of the 101st Airborne Division, Nuenen, Son Bridge, Veghel North as well as, Schoonderlogt Farm where the famous picture of Capt. Winters was taken, Crossroads and more. 

 

Attending guests*: Matthew Leitch (Floyd "Tab" Talbert), Mark Lawrence (William Heister Dukeman Jr.), Tim Matthews (Alex Mike Penkala Jr.), Doug Allen (Alton More)

 

Tour guide: Joris Nieuwint of The Battlefield Explorer

 

Tour dates: 

April 30, 2022

*Guest appearances may be subject to change due to professional reasons

 

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