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Staff Rides are designed specifically for formation, Tri-Service Headquarters, career courses and development for these courses.  The focus is likely to be on the operational to strategic level. Anglia Tours will work closely with the Exercise Director to deliver precisely the support the Commander requires. We can assist with reading lists, pre-tour study days, supporting written material and provide contemporary maps and photographs. In addition we apply our travel expertise to deliver the complete package or simply provide one or two elements as a ‘flexible facilitator’.

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Sample itinerary - 5 day Salerno & Monte Cassino

Sample itinerary - 5 day Salerno & Monte Cassino

Day 1

Stand 1.1 Green/Yellow Beach – Allied Assault landing – focus on 36th Texas Division. Topic - Naval Gun Fires in Littoral operations
Stand 1.2 Paestum Station – Immediate counter Attack by the German panzers. Topic – Preparing soldiers for battle
Stand 1.3 Pt 338 German Anchor OP – German Counter attacks

Day 2

Stand 2.1 Burnt Bridge – Checking of the German counter attack by US Artillery. Topic - Soldier first – tradesman second
Stand 2.2 Defence of the Tobacco Factory – 45th US Infantry Division. Topic – Principles of defence
Stand 2.3a Montecorvina Airfield - Capture of the Airfield by the Guards.
Stand 2.3b Salerno CWGC Cemetery - Topic – The Salerno Mutiny
Stand 2.4 Monte Camino - The attacks and capture of the Mountain by 56th London Division. Topic The lessons learned process
Stand 2.5 Monte Lungo – Italian commemorative site and equipment Italian Mobile Brigade Memorial. Topic - Equipment 
Stand 2.6 Monte Trocchio loca

Day 3

Stand 3.1 36th Texas Divisions on the Garigliano 1st Battle of Cassino - The failed attempts to break into the Liri valley. Topic – Surprise
Stand 3.2 34th Bull’s Head Division 1st Battle of Cassino (continued)
– Forcing the Rapido and into the mountains. Topic – Reserves and in theatre replacements
Stand 3.3 Caira German Cemetery
- The Gustav Line a German perspective
Stand 3.4 2nd Battle of Cassino -
Attack on the Railway Station by 28th Maori Battalion. Topic – How could the Div and Corps artilleries have helped today?
Stand 3.6 Cassino Town -
Walk New Zealanders during the 3rd Battle of Cassino. Topic – Urban operations today
Stand 3.7 The Botanic Gardens
2RF in defence between the 3rd and 4th Battles. Topic - Morale 

Day 4

Stand 4.1 Castle Hill - 2nd Battle of Cassino Capture and defence of the Castle. Topic - Human factors – fit to fight - Effect of the climate on individuals
Stand 4.2 Hangman’s Hill – Ghurkhas and the Essex out on a limb.
Stand 4.3 The Polish Cemetery- The bombing of the monastery. Topic – Cultural sensitivity
Stand 4.4 Cassino Monastery - Monastery Visit
Stand 4.5 Walk to Snake’s Head 1 Sussex’s Attack & 2nd Battle of Cassino 4th Indian Division. Topic – Artillery support how would we do it?
Stand 4.6 Pt 593 - Polish Memorial. Topic - Allies
Stand 4.6 Albaneta Farm The armoured attack by C Squadron, 20th New Zealand Armd Bn. Topic – How could this attack have been made successful?
Stand 4.7 Polish Tank Memorial - The attack by Polish Corps – 4th Battle

Walk down Cavandish Road to Caira

Day 5

Stand 5.1 Liri Valley - 4th Battle of Cassino – Overview – Operation Diadem. Topic – Defence in Depth
Stand 5.2 Amazon Bridge - Crossing the River Rapido/Gari by 4th Infantry Division. Topic – Concentration of effort
Stand 5.3 Liri Valley The Brown Line - Exploitation by 4th Division and passage of lines. Topic – Politics and Battle
Stand 5.3 Cassino War Cemetery and Memorial - Act of Commemoration
Stand 5.5 Breaking the Hitler/Senger Line The Allies break out from the Liri Valley

Sample itinerary - 3 day 1918 Study Tour

Sample itinerary - 3 day 1918 Study Tour

Day 1

Introductory Study on 1918 and Operation Michael

Stand 1. Manchester Hill near Savy
Actions of the 16th Manchesters on 21st March. Revised British defensive doctrine and its uses; German attack, use of storm troops; being surrounded, moral vs physical effects.
Stand 2. Pargny
Actions of the 1st Worcesters on 23rd March – defence of a river line, counter attack, liaison, mutual support, control of demolitions.
Stand 3. Erches-Andecy
Actions of the 36th Ulster Division 26th – 27th March. Maintenance of momentum, counter attack, the role and position of commanders, the moral component.
Stand 4. Villers Bretonneux
The German attack halted, the first tank versus tank engagement in history

Day 2

Introductory talk on The Battle of Amiens

Stands 1 and 2. Australian cemetery and Memorial north of Villers Bretonneux
The Australian corps on 8th August 1918. Allarms cooperation, communication, recce pull and the dangers of questing for certainty versus risk taking.
Stand 3. Chipilly Spur
III British Corps on the Somme on 8th August. Vital ground and key terrain, fighting in woods.
Stand 4. Hangard Wood
The Canadian Corps on 8th August 1918. Deception, all-arms cooperation, the use of elite formations.
Stand 5. Le Quesnel
Exploitation – the Cavalry Corps’ breakout. 
Stand 6. Le Quesnel cemetery
Conclusion of operations on 11th August.

Day 3

Mont St Quentin and the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line

Stand 1. Mont St Quentin
The Australian Corps 31st August to 1st September 1918. Preparations and orientation. Defence of an obstacle, obstacle crossing, battle procedure.
Stand 2. Mont St Quentin
The Australian Corps 31st August to 1st September 1918. The attack: concentration of force, firepower and counter-attack.
Stand 3. Start Line for the attack by the 46th Division
The assault plan and orientation of the 46th Division from the forward positions captured by the Australians. Battlefield walk.
Stand 4. Forward German Defensive line
The break-in. 
Stand 5. Riqueval Bridge
The 6th South Staffords crossing the canal and seizing the bridge; remaining German bunkers on the eastern end of the bridge.

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  • Full board accommodation
  • Assistance with all three phases of the planning sequence
  • Expert, professional and knowledgeable military historians
  • Minimising the administrative burden on project officers
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