War in the Pacific 1941 - 1944
5 - 20 December 2016
Guides: Len Reidel (USAF rtd)
Professor Duncan Anderson RMA Sandhurst.
Price on application
Arrive Honolulu and settle into our hotel. Dinner on your own
Meet for Breakfast and opening lecture--Was it really a surprise? America and Plan Orange; Then a tour of the attack on Pearl Harbour. Lunch included but dinner on your own.
Attend 75th Commemorative ceremonies at Pearl Harbour, after lunch the attack on Schofield Barracks. Tentatively attend Luau at Hale Koa Hotel at Fort DeRussy
Depart for Guam--since we cross the International Date Line we will arrive on the 9th even though it is an 8 hour flight. You will get the day back when you come home and arrive stateside the same day you depart Singapore.
At rest for balance of day. Meals on your own
Guam and the Marianas Islands on the brink of war, we will visit the Pan American Airways station and discuss the American defence of the island. While at Orote Point we will take advantage of being on the restricted access naval base to discuss the redemption of the island in July 1944. We will end the day at the NPS War in the Pacific Museum. Meals on your own.
Today we will circumvent the island and discuss the Japanese occupation of the island; how they tracked down the missing American soldiers and sailors including the famous George Tweed. We will discuss the torture and slave impressment of the Chamorro people and the execution of figures of authority. Lunch and dinner will be included--get your Spam cookbooks while here.
In the morning we will visit the allied invasion beaches and do a windscreen tour of the 1944 American redemption of Guam. You will get the opportunity to shop before we catch our evening flight to Manila. Breakfast, lunch on your own.
Meet Professor Duncan Anderson who will talk about the Western perspective on Far Eastern politics in the 1930s. We will then tour the sites related to the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Manila has rapidly grown over many of the most important sites still it is possible to do a comprehensive tour that will make you glad you came. Enjoy time to have lunch and dinner on your own. Keeping in mind that you are 3/4 of the way around the world night is day and day is night--our schedule will reflect your need to adjust.
Meet Douglas MacArthur--often referred to as the American Caesar. We will spend the next day and morning covering and visiting sites related to Bataan, Corregidor, MacArthur being ordered to evacuate the island and the fate of General Wainwright and his battling bastards of Bataan. We will also spend time discussing the brutality of the Japanese on the infamous death march and the Filipino Underground. In the afternoon we will transition from 1942 to the return of MacArthur in 1944.
We will spend the day following MacArthur's recapture of Manila.
We will finish our tour of sites related to MacArthur's return before going to the airport to catch our afternoon flight to Singapore where we will have a group dinner.
This portion of the tour marked the official end of the British Empire--a period of superiority that built arrogance that served the British, Australians and General Percival poorly. Fortunately the government preserved the sites related to the campaign and so it will be easy to follow the key points. In fairness, the Tiger of Malaysia, General Yamashita executed a strong campaign that demolished the Commonwealth forces and compelled one of the British Empire's most humiliating surrenders. Duncan has 15 different stops planned on this portion of the tour and you will get the reflective analysis of the British to their own humiliation in February 1942.
Depart Singapore for your return flight.