Battle of the Atlantic
10 Sep — 14 Sep 2018 | Tour Director: Mark Baldwin
"The only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril", wrote Churchill of the threat posed by German submarines to our Atlantic lifeline.
Indeed, success in the Battle of the Atlantic was crucial to Britain’s survival during World War II: had the steady supply of armaments, food and men from North America been severed, then the war’s outcome would have been very different.
The campaign was masterminded from Liverpool, at Western Approaches Command, where the basement bunker has been carefully restored to provide a resonant reminder of the darkest days of WWII.
As for the U-boats themselves, today there is only one surviving example in Britain: the U534, sunk in a depth-charge attack in May 1945, raised in 1993, and now displayed on Merseyside as a memorial to the 70,000 brave men who died in the Atlantic campaign.
The rise of the great cities of the north-west, driven by industrial innovation and their close proximity to the Atlantic trade routes, is paralleled by the strategic importance of the region.
Fort Perch Rock, the ‘little Gibraltar of the Mersey’, was constructed to defend the port of Liverpool as early as the 1820s, whilst the end of WWII resulted in the emergence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ‘to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down’.
Hack Green, hidden amongst the rolling farmlands of Cheshire, was once a ‘Starfish’ bombing decoy site, served as part of the RAF’s ‘Chain Home Low’ radar system and then as a Cold War radar station, before conversion into a vast underground shelter to accommodate a select band of civil servants and military personnel in the event of nuclear attack.
Hack Green would thus become a Regional Government Headquarters.
We stay at the four-star Premier Queen Hotel, located in Chester city centre only moments away from the train station.
10 Sep - 14 Sep 2018
DAYS | 5
COST | £590
Cost per-person includes:
Accommodation, breakfast and dinner, all visits, three illustrated lectures given by Mr Mark Baldwin who will accompany you throughout the tour.
£105 double room for single use supplement, lunches.
Mark Baldwin MA, PhD
Mark is one of Britain’s most experienced speakers on WWII intelligence with a particular expertise in code-breaking and the Enigma machine.
1600 Onwards, individual check-in at The Queen Hotel for three nights’ stay (rooms available from 1500). 1800 Drinks reception. 1815 Introductory talk by the Tour Director, followed by presentation: The Battle of the Atlantic. 1930 Dinner at hotel.
To make a reservation please call Gillian Harvey to reserve a place. A booking form should be completed and returned along with a deposit of £200 per person to Gillian Harvey, ACE Cultural Tours, Stapleford Granary, Bury Rd, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP.
Telephone: 01223 841055