The author of Battle of Britain, Normandy '44, Dam Busters, and Fortress Malta, James Holland is a bestselling historian, writer, and broadcaster. He has written and presented the BAFTA-shortlisted BBC TV documentaries Battle of Britain and Dambusters, and Normandy 44 - a special BBC anniversary film telling the full story of the wider D-Day campaign. Co-founder and programme director of the Chalke Valley History Festival, James has his own collection at the Imperial War Museum, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Arnhem with James Holland and Al Murray
For those of you who have listened regularly to the podcast, you'll know that Operation MARKET GARDEN is a personal favourite battle of the Second World War for Al Murray and James Holland. You'll also know that James has long maintained that walking the ground is key to understanding how a battle played out. You may also be aware there is some small controversy over whether General Jim Gavin of the US 82nd Airborne Division might have ordered a more urgent assault of the Nijmegen Bridge. And you'll also be aware that 'Zeno' fought in Arnhem, that John Frost commanded the men who took the bridge, that Brigadier Roy Urquhart escaped down a backstreet alley, that there were never Leopard tanks, and that there are whole host of controversies, incredible moments of human drama, and that the entire operation was, according to Field Marshal Montgomery, 90 per cent successful…
In this very special four-day trip, James and Al will be guiding you around the key sites of the battle, discussing and debating in increasingly minute detail the whys and wherefores. You'll see the Groesbeek Heights, the famous bridges, you'll tour much of the battlefield around Arnhem and also see both where Urquhart holed up and the famous Hotel Hartenstein at Oosterbeek. There will be fabulous food and drink and even a chance to visit the Blue Hand pub in Nijmegen, where you, too, can record your very own Beer 52 advert. By the end, you will know a whole load more about this iconic wartime battle - and have had a huge amount of fun in the process.
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This trip is now sold out, but you can still join James Holland on an exciting battlefields tour next year - exploring the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy. Find out more and book your place here.
Special dinner at Klein Hartenstein
James, Al and Cocktails at The Hartenstein
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Al Murray with his alter-ego, The Pub Landlord, is one of the most recognisable and successful comics in the UK. Swapping his comedy stage persona for himself, he hosted the award winning five-part series 'Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate the English?' and combined his passion for film and history and filmed two specials for BBC 4; Al Murray's Great British War Movies and Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies as well as as one half of the popular We have Ways of Making You Talk podcast..
- Full services of a tour manager throughout the tour
- Standard premier class seats on Eurostar
- Q&A with James Holland & Al Murray
- Executive coach and driver
- 4* Hotel accommodation in Arnhem with breakfast included
- One welcome drink at the Blue Hand Pub, Nijmegen
- Two Cocktails at the Restaurant Klein Hartenstein
- One 3-course evening meal at the Restaurant Klein Hartenstein with a drink package included
- Hartenstein museum entrance fee
Day1Welcome to ArnhemArnhem, Netherlands
Your manager will meet you at St Pancras Eurostar Station before you travel direct to Rotterdam then transfer by coach to Nijmegen.
You will have time to explore the area around the bridge, before enjoying a presentation with James Holland to set the scene on Operation Market Garden.
We finish the evening with a welcome drink in the Blue Hand pub before transferring back to the hotel in Arnhem.
Day2Nijmegen Bridge, Landing zones and Airborne MuseumNijmegen, Netherlands
Accompanied by James Holland, you will continue to relive the events of Operation Market Garden with highlights including Groesbeek Heights (just outside Nijmegen), Nijmegen Bridge, visiting the key landing zones before visiting the Airborne Museum at Hartenstein, where you will be joined by Al Murray for cocktails.
Day3Urquart's House and The Battle for the BridgeArnhem, Netherlands
Today, you will take in how the fighting unfolded from the landing zones to the bridge, the cross-roads by the hospital, Urquart's house where Major General Roy Urquhart, commanding 1st Airborne Division was injured before attentions turn to the Battle for the Bridge itself.
Tonight you will enjoy a three-course evening meal in the Crown Room at the Restaurant Klein Hartenstein.
Day4River Crossing and OosterbeekOosterbeek, Netherlands
Today we will look at the perimeter with a visit to Oosterbeek where you will take in the Airborne War Cemetery as well as the river crossing just outside Arnhem before we head for Amsterdam Centraal and the Eurostar back to the UK.
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