Your Personal Tour Guide
THE ULTIMATE WW2 BATTLEFIELD TOUR EXPERIENCE !
Hi ! – My name is David Martin. I am 52 years old and I was born in England. I live now in Germany.
I am a Professional, World War 2 Private Tour Guide and dedicated Battlefield researcher.
WHITECROSS BATTLEFIELD TOURS specializes in conducting, very moving, detailed, informative and thrilling Battlefield Tours, for the family members of Veterans. However, I regularly conduct tours for the general public.
Most of my customers come from the U.S.A, Britain, Canada and Australia.
I have been extremely passionate, about World War 2 in Europe, ever since I was a young boy.
After many years visiting the former Battlefields in central Europe, I decided in 2010, that it was time to start my own tour business and to share my interests and exciting experiences with others.
Therefore, WhiteCross Battlefield Tours was launched in 2010 and it has since become very successful
My most popular Battlefield tours are “Battle of The Bulge Tour”, Hell of the Hurtgen Forest Tour, Eagle’s Nest Tour, Third Reich In Flames Tour and Siegfried Line Tour (Westwall Tour)
WHY MY TOURS ARE FAR BETTER THAN THE REST
I had been on several Battlefield tours in the past. However, i found these frustrating and often a little boring, as they tend to take customers to the same places & with far too many people in attendance, so that I found myself struggling to hear what was being said.
Also, many of my fellow tour guides are French, Belgian, or Dutch and although a few speak quite good English, I speak it much better and more clearly.
Many of my competitors will not venture far from their car, during your tour. However, it is vital that I take you further than this, as there is so much to see, if you are willing and able to venture further from the car.
I also found that on many occasions, I knew more about the locations history, than that of the tour guide. Often on guided tours, they show you far too little and the tours are too hurried…..
….I like to get away from the tour groups and take you off the beaten track, where very few people venture, to show you some very important places. We will be alone at most locations.
So i created, friendly, unhurried, interesting, bespoke, unique Battlefield Tours, that were much different from the rest. Tours that take my customers to some of the lesser known places, as well as the obvious places.
TOURS CONDUCTED ALL YEAR ROUND & IN ALL WEATHER
I conduct tours all year round and in all weathers.
I recommend 2-3 day battlefield tours, as you will not see enough, in only one day, but if you require only a one day tour, I will try to accommodate you, or I can refer you to one of my fellow tour guide colleagues
With coach tours, you will only be taken to locations, where the coach can park – missing extremely important other places on the route, because they work to a ridgid schedule and you will have to frequently stop for toilet breaks.
In the Belgian Ardennes and the Hurtgenwald in Germany, for instance, the coaches can only stop generally near monuments, or in museum car parks, as the roads are very narrow, steep and winding and there are few places that a big vehicle can stop, or park.
Perhaps you want to see where your father, grandfather, or uncle crossed the, Maas, Ruhr or Rhein rivers? or fought on Omaha or Juno Beach? Or maybe, you would like to see Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest? Or visit Nijmegen or Arnhem Bridges? Some of you may like to visit the Concentration Camps of Sachsenhausen, Dachau or Bergen Belsen? Others may want to see Pegasus Bridge or the Dragon’s teeth of the Siegfried Line?
Most of you have heard of Pegasus Bridge, Omaha Beach & The Eagle’s Nest. But have you heard of Skyline Drive? The Wilde Sau Minefield? Hell’s Highway? Dead Man’s Corner? The Kall Trail? The Bettendorf River Crossing ? The Orscholz Switch line? Parker’s Crossroads? Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Hellfire Corner? etc
If you go on a cheap and tiring coach tour – I guarantee you will not see enough !
HISTORICAL & VERY INFORMATIVE
My unique and exciting, customised tours, cater ideally for individuals, couples and for small groups of up to 8 people. For groups of more than 8 people, please contact me to discuss.
If you are a group with more than 3 persons, you can follow me in your hire vehicle
Small bespoke tours are much more personal and interesting and a good way to make friends or to share our mutual interest in WW2.
If you choose a tour with WhiteCross Battlefield Tours, I guarantee you will return home with a lot of fantastic memories, some shrapnel from the forest in your pockets (or a fired bullet) and a big smile on your face.
MY TOURS ARE THE BEST AND MOST ACTION-PACKED
Once I receive your enquiry, i can email you one of my recommended, standard tour itineraries, together with prices, or-
-if you prefer, you are welcome to suggest for how long, where, when and what you would like to see & then I will compile a full and exciting, action packed, bespoke WW2 Battlefield tour, to suit your requirements. A tour that you will never forget.
For the more adventurous, I am happy to design and escort you on a thrilling, action-packed, WW2 themed Battlefield tour, combining World War 2 locations with a general sightseeing tour, or even combining cycling, hiking or kayaking tours (weather permitting) –
– around towns, lakes and mountains and staying in beautiful guesthouses along the route.
Come to see Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, as well as the location of his former home “The Berghof” on the beautiful Obersalzberg Mountain, in Bavaria……
Militaria – I also am a stockist and worldwide supplier, of premium quality, reproduction American & German Militaria, uniforms, field gear, visor caps, helmets, boots, medals etc, for re-enactors, personal use & the film industry.
“ABOUT ME” CONTINUED
…Imagine walking through the beautiful, tranquil, Ardennes pine forests in Belgium, with just the sound of birds singing and stopping for a cup of coffee, or for lunch and discussing what happened here , as we sit around the edge of a foxhole ! A foxhole that has lain undisturbed for over 74 years.
A foxhole dug in haste and fear, in solid icy ground, during that freezing cold winter of 1944, by a young, frightened, hungry, shivering American G.I , as he prepared for a formidable German attack in the dead of night.
Therefore, sometimes, it is possible to find, occasional, unfired and fired bullets on the edge of these foxholes and always – pieces of heavy shrapnel, to take home with you
We can stroll through a peaceful pine forest, in beautiful Bavaria, Southern Germany, surrounded by panoramic, stunning mountain and meadow views and replicating Hitler’s daily walk to have his lunch, with his infamous Nazi henchmen, secretaries and faithful German Shepherd “Blondi” at his side.
Following in Hitler’s exact footsteps as we stop for lunch in the same location and admire the view, imagining what happened here all those years ago, as they chillingly discussed the invasion of Europe and the extermination of the Jews. A relatively unknown location !
GESTAPO – How about a trip to a former Gestapo headquarters ? complete with original cell block, execution yard, original furniture, typewriter and photographs and testimonies, of victims who were detained here.
Imagine how terrified these people were ! being brutally tortured on a daily basis.
You will stand in one of these tiny, oppressive, solitary cells and contemplate what a terrifying existence this would have been for an inmates
We can stand on a deserted railway station platform (deportation ramp)– which over 74 years ago, would have been a scene of absolute mayhem, packed with hundreds of persecuted, terrified Jews, clutching their frightened children and few belongings-
– as they waited to be herded onto overcrowded cattle wagons, by SS soldiers brandishing leather whips and holding snarling vicious dogs, prior to being transported in freezing, squalid conditions, for days on end, to the death camps in the East, such as Auschwitz, Belzec, Chelmno, Treblinka or Sobibor.
JUST A FEW OF WHO I HAVE MET AND INTERVIEWED
VETERAN’S – I have been very lucky and met many WW2 veterans. I have recorded some of their accounts and would be happy to share some of their fascinating true stories with you, as we follow their footsteps across the former battlefields of Europe.
I have met many veterans from the British Army, American Army, Wehrmacht, Luftwaffe and even 2 from the notorious S.S, including Hitler’s bodyguard & chauffer and a famous, highly decorated Panzer Commander, who served on the Eastern front.
SOBIBOR – I have also met and interviewed in Poland –Sobibor Death Camp survivor, escapee & author -Thomas “Toivi” Blatt.
Photo above: Meeting Hitler’s former bodyguard, fuhrerbunker switchboard operator, chauffer & author – Rochus Misch, at his house in Berlin in 2010
TEAMWORK – My team of international friends and I are Battlefield researchers and we are always looking for new stories. I can show you many photographs and artefacts that we have found in the Ardennes forests of Belgium & the Hurtgenwald.
Our goal has always been to research specific areas, where soldiers have been killed, and eventually to have memorials erected on the site of their deaths & then to make contact with the veteran’s surviving family, who have no idea where their loved ones were killed in action.
We have already achieved this and it is a very rewarding experience.
Returning to the Sobibor Death Camp, eastern Poland, with survivor & escapee Thomas “Toivi” Blatt in 2010
Above: Meeting U.S veteran -Bryan Sperry (75th Infantry) – in Grandmenil, Ardennes, Belgium in 2010
Below: Meeting Panzer (TIGER TANK) Commander (Eastern Front) Otto Carius in 2014
Meeting, interviewing and recording British veteran of D-Day – Tom Wilson in 2010 & 2011