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A squadron of 13 LH on patrol during the Battle of Amiens August 1918 (VMR Museum Collection)

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Military History Tours

Military History Tours was the brainchild of Lieutenant Colonel Paul Murphy RFD (Ret'd), it operated from 1990 'till 2019. The formula was unique, use the skill of former soldiers where their stock in trade was situation analysis and battle preparation to act as volunteer battlefield guides. Further military skills of administration and as every soldier corporal and above is an accomplished instructor were exploited to create memorable experiences.

Tours covered most areas where Australians fought including every Centenary of Anzac commemoration. Notably Military History tours held the first dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux in 2008 and organised the Gallipoli 100 surfboat race in the Dardanelles and Aegean Sea in 2015.

The service provided by Military History Tours included investigation of the tourist's soldier ancestors with special visits to related grave and battle sites.

Paul, with age and health issues closed the business in May 2019.

That is not, however, the end of such great tours. A number of the Military History Tours volunteers now work with (volunteer for) another organisation, Battlefield History Tours. They are running tours to the now annual Villers-Bretonneux commemoration and many of the other sites serviced in the past by Military History Tours should there be enough interest by the public.

Follow our tour in progress

Use the button above to go to the Battlefield History Tours website; incorporates  Military History Tours tour reports.

Villers Bretonneux


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