Battlefield Tour Morocco Operation Torch
The   United   States   had   last   sent   armed   forces   to   Morocco   during   the   Second   Barbary   War   of 1815.   However,   on   8th   November   1942   US   forces   would   again   be   off   the   coast   of   Morocco. The   Western Task   Force   was   landing   on   the   coast   between   Port   Lyautey   and   Fedala   and   Safi. This   was   the   beginning   of   American   involvement   in   North   Africa,   other   landings   would   take place   in   Algeria   and   before   the   end   of   the   year   American   and   British   forces   would   be   on   the outskirts   of   Tunis.   The   Panzerarmee Afrika   counter-attacked   delaying   the   end,   but   six   months to   the   day   of   these   landings   the   war   in   North Africa   would   finally   be   over.   While   in   Morocco   we will   also   look   at   the   most   famous   desert   fighters   of   them   all   –   the   Foreign   Legion.   We                          shall   cross   the   Atlas   Mountains   and   follow   one   of   their   longest   marches,   see   their   longest tunnel   and   examine   two   of   their   typical   “No   Surrender”   battles.   Who   wouldn’t   want   a   drink                 in   Ricks   Café   in   Casablanca?   This   is   a   5*   exclusive   and   exciting   tour   that   encompasses   WW2 and the romance of the desert and the Foreign Legion.
5th August Arrive Casablanca, met and transferred to our hotel; check in at hotel. Dinner & overnight. (D) 6th August After breakfast we visit the Ben Msik war cemetery. We then start a sightseeing tour of the economic capital Casablanca. See all of the major sites in Casablanca including the Imperial Hotel Pattons HQ. You will be able to admire the enchanting mixture of modern and traditional influences that shape the city while visiting the Central Market and the Habous District for a closer look at the Habous market. Proceed to the Mahkama (law court) and visit the Royal Palace from outside. Continue on to visit of the seaside resort and the residential district of Anfa Hil and then on to panorama visit to Hassan II Mosque which is the largest mosque in the Islamic world after that of Mecca in Saudi Arabia and Mohammed V Square. The afternoon is at leisure to relax at the hotel or to stroll by the Atlantic beach. (B D) 7th August Today we visit the landing beaches at Fedala where Patton and the 3rd Infantry Division landed. We then move onto the landing beaches at Port Lyautey where units from the 9th Infantry Division and 66th Armoured Regiment landed, under command of General Truscott. At both sites we shall examine the landings and the bridgehead and the fight for the “Kasbah” Return to Casablanca. Back to the hotel, freshen up. Dinner at Restaurant Rick’s Café, back to the hotel & overnight (B D)
8th August After breakfast we head to Marrakech via the landing beaches at Safi, Where, under the command of General Harmon the remainder of 9th Infantry Division and the 67th Armoured Regiment landed. We will also visit the defensive position at Pointe de la Tour and La Railleuse. We then continue to our hotel in Marrakech. Dinner is at a local restaurant. (B D) 9th August “In the footsteps of the Foreign Legion” After an early departure, we cross the High Atlas Mountains and reach the 2260 m-high Tizi N’Tichka pass and the Foreign Legion Memorial. Then we continue on until we reach the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Then continue towards Ouarzazate through the implacable Hamada. Overnight at Ouarzazate. (B D) 10th August After breakfast, we head down the “road of a thousand kasbahs” for Errachida, via the Taourirt Kasbah, then to the Legion battlefield at Skoura. On through Tineghit, to our hotel in Errachida. (B D)
11th August An early start with 4x4s, as we head towards the Legion stronghold of Boudenib. We shall spend the day in this area examining Legion fortifications and battlefields and the dramatic story of the “40 against 400”. We then return Errachida. Dinner & overnight at hotel (B D) 12th August This morning we head north to Fez via the “Tunnel der Legionnaire” and Midelt another Legion stronghold. Overnight in Fez. (B D) 13th August Breakfast at hotel, departure to Fez Airport for your afternoon flight home, or join our flight to Marseille. (B)
Included in price TBC A/C bus for all transfers and battlefields as per itinerary, 4x4 vehicles. 1 bottle of mineral water per day per person while touring, 5 and 4* Hotels, Meals as itinerary (B D), Entrance fees to monuments. Arrival & departure transfers, Battlefield Guide. Campaign booklet