Looking for travel buddy interested in visiting WWII historical sites. Have not planned trip out, but looking at 2020. I am 44, energetic, and looking forward to a great trip. If interested or you have done this before and give advice on do’s and don’ts, please respond.
If your travels take you to Catania, Sicily, I thought I'd suggest this https://www.facebook.com/museostoricodellosbarco1943/
"It's one of the most important military history museums in Europe."
It all depends on what you want to see and visit. Over the 24 trips I have tracked down numerous, numerous sites (made an entire list of them) relating to WW2 and WW1 in Germany, Austria, France, Poland, England, Hungary, pertaining to museums, war cemeteries, battlefield memorials, Sites in Finland, Poland, more in Germany and France....I have not seen yet.
Your main focus? How much time?
I have made a several trips to Europe parts of which centered on military history. Among sites I recommend are touring the location of the great WW I Battle of Verdun. There is much to see, and guide books or organized tours can be found to get you there and put it in context. Other WW I focused travel I have done was touring sites in Belgium. For this tour I joined a 1 day trip that started and ended in Bruges. A small group of around 6 visitors were guided to several battle sites, cemeteries, and museums. The highlite was a visit to Ypres. Last year I visited the Hackenberg section of the Maginot Line. You'll have to drive to get there but it was well worth the effort. Look for the website for details. I have made a couple of trips to Bastogne. For the first I used the book "A Tour of the Bulge Battlefield" by W. Cavanagh as a guide. More recently I hired a local tour guide for 2 days. The first day he took me to sites from the Huertgenwald Battles. The second we looked at Battle of the Bulge sites. There are several tour guides you can hire. The one I hired was a boy when the Battle of the Bulge took place, he did a fantastic job, I highly recommend him. His website is mardasson.com. There are numerous museums in the Bastogne area. My favorite is in Diekirch, Luxembourg. My trip to Europe next year will take me to Paris, Arras, and Reims, concentrating on military history. After this I plan to visit Strasbourg and Colmar, France.