Invasion of Morocco WWII Sites & The French Foreign Legion Era
Military Historical Tours with our tour partner Valor Tours are ready to take you to the Kasbah. The United States had last sent armed forces to Morocco during the Second Barbary War of 1815. However, on 8 November 1942 U.S. forces would again be off the Moroccan coast. The Western Task Force was landing on the beaches between Port Lyautey, 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 “The Afrika Korps” counter-attacked delaying the end, but six months to the day of these landings the war in North Africa would be over.
While in Morocco, we will also explore the most legendary desert fighters of them all – the French Foreign Legion. We shall follow one of their longest marches, see their longest tunnel and examine two of their fabled “No Surrender” battles. We shall cross the Atlas Mountains and spend one night in a 5-Star Bedouin encampment. We can ask Sam to play it again at Ricks Café in Casablanca. This is a 5-Star exclusive and exciting tour that encompasses WWII and the romance of the desert encompassed by the Foreign Legion.
The WWII Invasion Plan: The Allies decided on the operation to be done with three separate task forces. The overall commander was General Eisenhower with his deputy of General Mark Clark. Initially planned for 30 October, Operation Torch was postponed to 8 November. Under General Eisenhower’s command, the Anglo-American forces consisted of 200 warships, 110 troopships, 107 000 men and considerable air cover. The Western Task Force, arriving from the United States, would land in Morocco under General George Patton consisted of the 2nd Armored Division, and the 3rd and 9th Infantry Divisions. Patton’s forces would land in Spanish Morocco at Fedala outside of Casablanca, Safi, and Mehdia outside of Port Lyautey. He had 35,000 troops and 100 ships in his command.
Tour Leader: Steve Hamilton is known for his touring exploits in the deserts of North Africa. He has led groups of battlefield enthusiasts all around the Mediterranean from Southern France to Sicily, Greece, Crete, Malta and Morocco. He has also led groups to southern Germany and the Alsace. Steve comes from a real military family – his Great Grandfather had been at the Relief of Mafeking during the Boer War and during WWI he was one of just seven men from his Battalion to come through the first day of the Battle of Somme. During WWII one Grandfather was KIA in Tunisia, while the other died as a POW in Changi Gaol. His father and uncles were to serve post war in British armored regiments. Not surprisingly Steve grew up with a military interest, which he passes onto his group.
Basic Tour Price $ 3,700
(Based on double occupancy)
Single Room Supplement $ 800
Morocco Tour Includes:
- Accommodation in superior 5 star hotels in rooms with private facilities; one night at a 5* Bedouin encampment
- A/C Coach with professional driver/4 WD for day 5 to 7 with a bottle of mineral water every day
- Transfers on arrival & departure by private coach
- Meals as listed in itinerary 8 Breakfasts/ 8 Dinners
- Admission fees to all sites, museums and special attractions listed
- Services of experienced Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
- All local sales taxes, Hotel service charges & one bag portage when available
Not included in tour: Gratuities, trip cancellation, airfare & lunches.
Airfare Not Included: Optional MHT Round-trip economy airfare from your hometown airport to Morocco available upon request (price subject to confirmation at time of booking.) Business class is also available.
Sun 4 Aug—Departure
Arrive Casablanca, met and transferred to our hotel; check in at hotel. Welcome Dinner & overnight. (Dinner - D)
Mon 5 Aug—Casablanca
After breakfast, we visit Ben Msik War cemetery in Casablanca. Then onto a tour of Casablanca including the Imperial Hotel Patton’s HQ; central Market and the Habous District; Mahkama (law court) and Royal Palace from outside. Then onto seaside resort and district of Anfa Hil. Panorama visit to Hassan II Mosque, largest mosque in the Islamic world after that of Mecca. Afternoon at leisure to relax at hotel or stroll Atlantic beach. (Breakfast - B/D)
Tue 6 Aug—Operation Torch
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. Tonight dinner at Rick’s Café and overnight. (B/D)
Wed 7 Aug—Landings at Safi
After breakfast head to Marrakech via the landing beaches at Safi where, under the command of General Harmon, the remainder of the 9th Infantry Division and the 67th Armoured Regiment landed. Also visit the defensive position at Pointe de la Tour and La Railleuse. Then continue to hotel in Marrakech. Dinner at local restaurant. (B/D)
Thur 8 Aug—The Atlas Mountains
After an early departure, cross the High Atlas Mountains and reach the 2,260 meter high Tizi N’Tichka Pass and the Foreign Legion Memorial. Then continue until we reach the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Then onto Ouarzazate through the implacable Hamada. Overnight Quarzazate. (B/D)
Fri 9 Aug—“In the footsteps of the Foreign Legion”
After breakfast, head down the “road of a thousand kasbahs” for Errachida, via the Taourirt Kasbah, then to the Legion battlefield at Skoura. Onto Tineghit and then our hotel in Errachida. (B/D)
Sat 10 Aug—“Beau Geste”
An early start with 4x4’s as we head toward the Legion stronghold of Boudenib. Spend the day in this area examining Legion fortifications and battlefields and the dramatic story of the “40 against 400.” Return to Errachida. (B/D)
Sun 11 Aug—The Legion
This morning head north to Fez via the “Tunnel der Legionnaire” and Midelt, another Legion stronghold. Overnight Fez. (B/D)
Mon 12 Aug—Departure
Breakfast at hotel, departure to Fez Airport for your flight home, or join us for flight to Marseille to begin the Operation Dragoon tour and also cross the south of France off your bucket list. (B)
Morocco - WWII Operation Torch & French Foreign Legion (4-12 Aug 2019)
- Product Code: 1908-EUR-MOR
- Availability: In Stock