Having spent 5 years in the 82d Airborne as an Airborne Ranger, Master Parachutist, I was very much looking forward to our tour Ellwood. One couple was late for our briefing prior to departure and Ellwood spent time, energy and effort attempting to locate them prior to beginning the tour. The couple arrived and Ellwood started his tour by giving one of the best tactical and strategic overviews on the D-Day invasion that I have ever heard either in Command and General Staff College or at the War College.
As a former Airborne soldier, the trip to the Airborne museum was fantastic for me and made me appreciate the true courage of my early airborne brothers. The trips to Utah and Omaha beaches were illuminating on the hardships and obstacles faced by our invading forces.
As a former Ranger, the trip to Point du Hoc was especially meaningful to me, as I saw first hand just how demanding this most vital mission to D-Day success was accomplished.
Ellwood was one of the most outstanding historians on D-Day operations that I have ever encountered. His information about the facts of U. S. Army and German soldiers at his house and the true facts about John Steele and the church steeple were truly enlightening.
I would highly recommend Ellwood's tours to anyone. He will still be conducting tours in the summer months and you would certainly not be disappointed with your time with him. His tours are well worth the money.
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