Fritz and Tommy - a View from Both Sides

What our previous travellers have to say about this tour

"Myself and my friend have made several battlefield tours with Leger, and they have all been excellent."

Mr Marshall

Mr Marshall

"When “FRITZ & TOMMY” was advertised we decided straight away to make a booking. It was a very wise decision. We both agree it was by far the best tour we’ve ever had.

Myself and my friend have made several battlefield tours with Leger, and they have all been excellent.
When we joined our coach at the interchange the two drivers “Nick and Glen” made us very welcome indeed, both cheerful and friendly, two professional chaps. The coach was very clean, and kept clean throughout the trip.

The Hotel “Flanders Lodge Hotel” on the edge of town was excellent, all the staff were extremely helpful, and the food was of a high standard.The two historians, Paul Reed and Rob Schafer were two of the best. We covered so much ground in a short time, but were never hurried, and nothing was too much trouble for them. They were both knowledgeable and interesting, and socialising in the lounge in the evening they were both excellent in their details and advice, their knowledge of WW1 was incredible.

We saw the German trenches at Bayernwald, Fromelles, Messines Ridge, Aubers Ridge and Thiepval. We heard interesting stories concerning Hitler. The most moving visit was the grave of Captain Albert Ball VC at the Annoeullin Communal Cemetery and German Extension. He was one of the most decorated fliers of WW1, and was credited with at least 44 victories. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. Balls’ is the only British grave from the First World War in this extension, the rest being German.

On the Somme, Arras, Vimy Ridge and the vast German cemetery at Neuville-Saint-Vaast, the crosses marking the graves disappeared into the distance, approximately 1Km, (76,000 burials) and Langemarck (46,000 burials). Langemarck Cemetery is the only German one in the Salient and contains 44,292 burials, and the Kathe Kollwitz statues ‘The Grieving Parents’ look over the graves at Vladslo (25,644 burials) - very moving indeed. There was also the memorials to the Australians, (The memorial to the “Cobbers”), and finally a visit to the Historial Museum in Peronne. They stayed open for us, and we were privileged to see some of the exhibits from their storeroom.

All in all the drivers, guides, hotel and staff and places we visited were excellent. We were unanimous in our praise for this tour. As a keen Royal British Legion member, I planted several ‘Poppy Crosses’ on graves, including two German cemeteries. The reason I was photographed at the Rossignol Wood Cemetery is that the Elm Park Royal British Legion has an interest in the Staffordshire Regiments, now called the Mercian Regiment.

We certainly will be travelling with Leger again. I have been with Leger seven times in four years. A tip I would offer to anyone considering FRITZ & TOMMY is to listen to the guides, you will get a very good insight into both sides.
Well done Leger and thanks.


"A fascinating and informative one it certainly was!"

Mr Dodsworth

Mr Dodsworth

"A fascinating and informative one it certainly was. Great guides, comfortable trips and excellent company. My first Leger experience had been in October 2014 when I attended the ‘All quiet on the Western Front’ tour. This was so good that I decided to take advantage of the extensive WW1 tour options on offer for 2015 and immediately booked two trips – and then later a third!.

The Miracle of the Marne & the Battle of Verdun: April. With the informed and entertaining guidance of Peter Williams we toured the battlefields and cemeteries of the Marne, Champagne and Verdun following the campaigns. I was moved to see the memorial at La Ferte-Sous- Jouarre which contains the name of Pt Herbert Milway 1st Bn Northumberland Fusiliers kia 14 September 1914 - whose Mons Star and death plaque I have known for 40 yrs. It was interesting to visit American cemeteries for the first time – such impressive scale and order. The enormity of the loss of life at Verdun was very moving.

When I received the next Leger tour programme I started thinking about the Gallipoli battlefields tour – having always had an interest in this more distant campaign. Eventually my wife told me to just book it and go. I am so pleased I did, as it (Gallipoli Battlefields: September) was such a great experience, with some time in Istanbul. Everything including the flights was so well organised. Our tour guide was Gary Ashley who was incredibly well informed, so helpful and such good company. He was ably supported by Erdum our Turkish guide who was able to provide the necessary perspective of the homeland defenders. A viewpoint that is so interesting to have to acknowledge and consider. I was so pleased to locate the memorial at Redoubt Cemetery Helles to my wife’s Great Uncle Pt Albert Noon East Lancashire Regiment kia 13 August 1915 aged 18. A moving moment which I was able to subsequently share with his relatives in Little Harwood, Lancs.

Finally in October I attended the ‘Fritz and Tommy: Across the barbed wire’ tour. An excellent and different programme and presentation under the guidance of Marc Hope and Rob Schaefer, who provided the often poignant and frequently so similar experiences of the frontline German forces. It was fascinating to hear the German perspective and to visit so many of the German cemeteries. A unique tour which I would highly recommend.

Leger battlefield tours have provided me with the practical opportunity to further my interest in WW1 military history. Travelling alone I have always found friendly companions to share the journey and am confident in the arrangements and guidance of the Leger guides and selected accommodation. Looking forward to another journey in 2016.