Last day for tour deposit with Merit Travel: 13 January 2023
We are proud to launch the ‘Netherlands 2023′, the latest in our series of battlefield study tours, to commemorate the legacy of our C&E Branch predecessors during the liberation of The Netherlands.
Signallers ‘got comms thru’ as Canadians fought over the Channel, on the coast of France & Belgium, and dykes of the Netherlands. We helped liberate the Dutch and rebuild their lives. Canadian signalmen connected the enemy to General Foulkes for the surrender.
This battlefield study is a look at our profession and a review of lessons from the past. However, the true value is the pride instilled in our people, in the uniform they wear, and the camaraderie created by bringing veterans and serving Branch members together: through their common history.
Letter from Colonel Commandant
Enclosure 1 – Battlefield Study Tour 2023 Itinerary
Enclosure 2 – Background Information 2023 Tour Presentation
Registration opens February 2022:
please complete and forward to Merit Travel with deposit payment
Merit Travel Insurance Information:
All Inclusive Single Trip Policy, Globetrotter Comprehensive Plan A,
Trip Cancellation & Interruption Package Plan
To read more about NL 2023 background, please follow the links:
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Depart Canada for Amsterdam.
We arrive in Amsterdam, meet our bus and then drive to our hotel. In the afternoon we will visit the Airbourne Museum in Amhem to examine this epic battle. We will check into our hotel for the next eight nights: Mercure Hotel Nijmegen.
We will hit the battlefields today when we look at the largest Canadian directed operations of the war: Op Veritable. We will end the day with a visit to Groesbeek Cemetery and the nearby Liberation Museum
Today we will be back on the battlefields as we tour the sites of Operation Blockbuster and the Hochwald. We will also participate in the ‘Sunset March’ Nijmegen Bridge.
Today we will visit the Dutch signals museum in Amersfoort as well as the site where the April ’45 truce that allowed food to be delivered to the starving Dutch population was negotiated in Achterveld. The day will wrap up with a dedication ceremony in the Dutch Signals barracks at Stroe.
Today is the Dutch Remembrance Day and we will attend the Canadian memorial ceremony at Holten Canadian War Cemetery.
This is the big day for ceremonies: Liberation Day. We will join the crowds of people in Wageningen for the Canadian commemoration and parade. Some of our group may march in the parade.
Today we will look at the contribution of the RCAF to victory by visiting Deelen Airfield where the Luftwaffe and RCAF were based and discussing the final German air offensive: Op Bodenplatte. Final Tour combined/sponsored dinner at hotel.
Several options today, including a free day in the Nijmegen area, or a day-trip to Amsterdam by train or bus, where the resistance museum and the art galleries are highly recommened. Our last night in Nijmegen.
We will depart early to get our flights back to Canada from Amsterdam airport. Anyone staying on in Europe can make easy connections from the airport.