Battlefield Tours

 Take a look at our 2018 tours with the online journals from the A.E.F. Centennial Tour of France and the Truman Battlefield Tour.

2018 Battlefield Tours

September 4-9, 2018: A.E.F. Centennial Tour of France


The Harry S. Truman and The A.E.F. Battlefield Tour was presented in partnership with the Truman Library Institute.

A.E.F. Centennial Tour of France

September 4-9, 2018

2018 is a momentous year for the World War I centennial that includes the anniversaries of two of the most significant battles ever fought by the United States military. In June 1918, the U.S. Marine Corps endured the legendary conflict at Belleau Wood while in September, the battle at the Meuse-Argonne involved more than 1.2 million men, the largest single battle ever undertaken by American forces.

Come with us as we walk through the forest glades of Belleau Wood and alongside the gently flowing Marne River, where the legend of the ‘Rock of the Marne’ began. Stand on the ground where a young officer named Harry S. Truman directed his guns and see the woods where a young man from Tennessee, Alvin York, earned his fame.

There is no more fitting occasion to explore and commemorate these places where the American history of the last century was forged in fire.

In conjunction with the traveling exhibition, Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys, 1917-1918, the tour will be led by Clive Harris and Mike St Maur Sheil.

View the itinerary of the 2018 battlefield tour

About Clive Harris

Raised in Hertfordshire, Clive developed a lifelong fascination with history. He spent seven years with the Royal Corps of Signals, serving operationally overseas with the 1st Armoured Division in BAOR — an Infantry attachment with the Royal Green Jackets, in Cyprus, Germany and France — and finally taking an instructor’s post in the Signals Wing of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. On leaving the army he joined his local Constabulary, serving 11 years in their Force Operations Room as a specialist communications officer and control room manager. In 1998, he began working as a speaker, writer, researcher and battlefield guide and since then has guided groups to the Somme, Ypres, Arras, Mons, Cambrai, The Hindenburg Line, Verdun, and Gallipoli for the Great War, as well as Normandy, Arnhem, The Italian Campaign, and of course the London Blitz for the Second World War. Clive is a Badged Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (No33) and also a member of the British Commission for Military History.

About Mike St Maur Sheil

Mike is the award-winning curator of Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace 1914-1918. After studying Geography at Oxford, in the early 1970s Mike began his career as a photojournalist covering “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Here he became associated with the New York picture agency, Black Star, and over thirty years later he is still in the fortunate position of being paid to do what he loves doing — taking photographs. Mike has visited over 60 countries around the world, working for a wide range of clients such as ABC-TV, BBC, Anti-Slavery International, British Red Cross, European Commission, National Geographic, The New York Times, Shell, Time and Time Life.

Other Travel Opportunities


October 16-22, 2018, with optional
Normandy Extension, October 22‑24, 2018

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Great leaders are forged upon battlefields, particularly in the harrowing year of 1918. During the centennial of World War I, join the Truman Library Institute, along with the National WWI Museum and Memorial, for a once-in-a-lifetime trip across a Western Front that inspired individuals and nations. Follow in the footsteps of Capt. Harry S. Truman, with the additional option to visit the World War II site of Normandy. Experience the beauty of serene spaces and delicious cuisine of French wine country as we visit well-known battlefields and exclusive locales with inspiring travel to France and areas of American Expeditionary Forces involvement.

Guides will be Clive Harris and Mike St Maur Sheil. Staff from the Truman Library Institute and a member of the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s historical team will also be joining the tour.

$2,250 per person
(payable in two installments - $250/pp single room supplement)

$600 per person 2-day Normandy Extension
(optional; $200/pp single room supplement)

Non-refundable deposit due by March 15; Balance due by Aug. 1, 2018. This special partnership trip is being offered in conjunction with the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum’s special exhibition, Heroes or Corpses: Captain Truman in World War I. For more information and to register for the trip visit