WORLD WAR II ON YOUR OWN
Whether you're stationed in Europe or just visiting, you can tour WWII history sites
on your own. Our self-guided trips augment the existing books and professional WWII
guides, and add off-the-beaten-track spots and stories from people who lived the
history. Directions always start from our home base of Ramstein/Landstuhl, about
100 miles southwest of Frankfurt.  
Though we are now in the USA, contact us if you
have questions
.
"The Bulge In a Day" Trip  
takes you through the Southern
Shoulder of the Battle of the Bulge in
one day. Here's a little bit of
everything: Gen Patton's grave,
foxholes, battle sites, bunkers, a
museum, and lots of personal stories
.
TRIP GUIDE HERE
Sites Within One Hour of
Ramstein/Kaiserslautern
Hands-On History Guides
Sites Within Two Hours of
Ramstein/Kaiserslautern
Books and Guides: Tours of the
WWII European Theater
Witnesses to War: The
Personal Stories from All
Sides
WWII sites "Ala Carte":  links
to bunkers, museums,
cemeteries, battle sites by topic
The Siegfried Line in the KMC:
bunkers, outpost, dragons teeth
A German Infantryman
Comes Looking for the GI
Who Saved His Life
In Jan 1945, GI Ike Refice (L) pulled
wounded Panzergrenadier
Horst Przybilski
(R) to safety. Sixty years later they  found
each other, and
got together every June in
Luxem
bourg for years. Read the story here
"FATAL CROSSROADS: The Untold
Story of the Malmedy Massacre and
Trial at the Battle of the Bulge"  and
Hitler's Warrior:The Life and Wars of
SS Colonel Jochen Peiper
are excellent
books
by Danny S. Parker. The books
also
provide primary source documents
and additional research materials
. Check
out
Danny Parker's website
What really happened at the Baugnez
crossroads
, at the bungled US military
trial
, and during Peiper's postwar years?
As a research assistant for author Danny
Parker, I can tell you th
ese are top notch
book
s based on hundreds of interviews
from both US and German sides.
These
well-reviewed books will be followed
sometime in 2017-2018 by one more book
covering Peiper's combat experiences
Interested in the Air War
Over Europe (and the KMC)?
The above photo is from a British Stirling
excavation in April 2011. A year later,
families of the RAF crew members
(below) returned to place a memorial and
meet the villagers who witnessed the
crash. A New Zealand newspaper
told
the story. Want to get involved? Contact
Uwe Benkel  - everyone is welcome
The Working Group for the Missing is
always looking for more US contacts to
assist with research and plane recovery.
Uwe Benkel and his group have several
ongoing projects including recovery of a
Lancaster bomber near Grunstadt.  
  More KMC Bunkers Found
One of about
10 new bunkers
located within
10 miles of
Ramstein.
Thanks to Matt Earnest for finding many of
these, and to Patrick and Brandon Zenke for
helping with the legwork. Take a day and
check out these Westwall relics -info soon,
but here's a
map if you can't wait!
Westwall Museum  in    
Pirmasens
Don't miss this
huge bunker and  
fine museum 40
minutes from the
KMC. Open
weekend
afternoons only

Apr-Oct
- dress
warm!
The official website "The Pfalz in Motion" is
devoted to the history of this Pfalz region
with ideas for both history & recreational  
outings, and all in English. But anytime
you're hiking through the forest, think like an
engineer to find bunkers, flak stands, and
OP's here in the "Luftverteidigungszone
West" (Air Defense Zone, West). High
points, fields of fire, route control - nothing
has changed. This zone extended 50 km
west from the border at Saarbrucken and the
KMC is smack dab in the middle of it.
Helen Patton recently reunited a former
German POW held in a Russia camp for
four years with the very piano that saved
his life in 1945. A documentary film on
Rudolf Strassner's story is in the works,
and meanwhile the 83 year old composer  
can "play to his heart's content" on that
very piano, brought from Russia to
Saarbrucken by Helen in April 2012.
Read
this amazing story from the Patton Stiftung
(Foundation).
Helen Patton Reunites a
Russian POW With His Piano
The two old
soldiers during
their yearly
reunion, 2010
Rudolf Strassner, Ike Refice and Horst Przybilski's stories are included in a new book
"Portraits of Service", featuring veterans of all ages and conflicts. A fine photo of Ike
and Horst is on the cover.
Order or read more here.   
Available from Amazon