Sun 30th May 16:30 UK (11:30 EDT), Sun 30th May 19:30 UK (14:30 EDT)
In partnership with Rhineland 45
Battlefield Guide – Jesse Alexander – Jesse Alexander is a public historian and the host of the YouTube channel The Great War, and the World War Two documentary series 16 Days in Berlin. He holds an MA in History from the University of Vienna, where he specialized in visual propaganda and Austria-Hungary in World War One. Jesse has 20 years’ experience in public history in battlefield guiding, public speaking, museums, and research. He has worked with the Vimy Memorial, the Juno Beach Centre, the Canadian War Museum, Canada’s Cold War Museum, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. He hails from Canada, but now splits his time between Vienna and Berlin, and can take your questions in English, French or German.
Tour Manager – James Taub – James Taub is a military historian based out of Washington D.C who primarily focuses on the First World War. Originally from Michigan, James received his MA from the University of Glasgow and his BA from Dickinson College. He has worked as the Education Coordinator for the United States World War One Centennial Commission, Fort Ticonderoga, The American Battlefields Trust, and volunteered at several regimental museums in and around Glasgow. His interests lie within the British, French, and American experience of the Great War and particularly the average soldier and civilian. In the United States, he focuses his interpretation on the British Army during the American Revolution.
Scheduled For – Sunday 30th May 2021
During the Rhineland Campaign of 1945, from February 27 to March 3, II Canadian Corps struggled to break through the infamous Hochwald Gap against determined German defenders. Operation Blockbuster was meant to be the final push to break German resistance west of the northern Rhine river, and to capture the intact bridges at Wesel. German paratroopers and Panzers stubbornly defended the line against repeated attacks by Canadian armour and infantry in what some have called the heaviest fighting on the Western Front since Normandy. One of the largest tank battles in Canadian history, the assault on the Gap also proved to be costly and controversial. This action was featured in the documentary film Rhineland 45, and the virtual tour will explore the forest and the Gap with the help of drone footage, maps, and archival photographs.