We are offering in 2018:
- The Battle of Cassino
- The Siege of Dyrrachium
- The Defence of Britain 1940
- Lawrence of Arabia's War
The most ferocious battle of the Second World War Italian Campaign raged across a mountainous battlefield 30 miles wide and 10 miles deep. We are planning a wide-ranging and systematic survey of the stone sangars, concrete emplacements, bunkers, pillboxes, fortified buildings, observation posts, cave shelters, deep dugouts, and underground tunnels that remain from the battle.
One of the most momentous clashes in Roman history, the campaign and siege of Dyrrachium between December 49 BC and May 48 BC pitted Pompey the Great against Julius Caesar at the start of the Civil Wars. We are planning a major excavation to investigate the camps, gateways, towers, ramparts, ditches, obstacles, and booby-traps that will reveal the Late Republican Army in action.
For a year, from June 1940 to May 1941, Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany. Invasion and conquest was a clear and present danger. We are planning a comprehensive investigation of the full range of British defences – airfields, coastal batteries, stop lines, Home Guard positions, Auxiliary bunkers, and much more – using Norfolk as our study area. Our top priority will be investigating the little-known archaeological evidence for Churchill's top-secret British resistance army.
Though our ten-year investigation of the archaeological remains of Lawrence of Arabia’s War is now complete, we are organising battlefield tours centred on our discoveries. We go into the deserts of southern Jordan, Seven Pillars of Wisdom in hand, to see the railway stations, blockhouses, hilltop forts, trenches, breastworks, and abandoned camps of the war between the Ottoman Turks and the Bedouin Arabs that turned T E Lawrence into an international celebrity
Note: Fitness Levels
MHL is determined to give participants the very best and most memorable experiences possible. Our hotels, transport, and meals will always be among the best that local conditions can provide. We recognise that some people will be more adventurous and resilient than others, so we grade each event according to the level of activity and fitness required to enjoy them:
- Level One Events involve long days of about 8 hours' activity. Participants will need to be able to walk five miles or more a day, climb challenging slopes, and occasionally get wet.
- Level Two Events have longer breaks and finish each day by tea time. Some days will require three miles or more walking and some gentle slopes, but evenings will usually be spent indoors, unless there is something exceptional to be seen.
- Level Three Events are for those who do not want to or cannot walk very far. Viewpoints (or 'stands' as we call them) will be as close to vehicle stops as possible and slopes will be minimal.