Welcome to Audie Murphy Colmar Pocket Tour!
The Colmar Pocket battle in Alsace was one of the last battles on the Western Front. It was here that Audie Murphy became an American war hero.
A German bridgehead on the west bank of the Rhine 65 km long and 50 km deep was formed in November 1944 when the German defenses in the Vosges Mountains collapsed under the pressure of an offensive by the U.S. 6th Army Group, French forces reached the Rhine in the region north of the Swiss border between Mulhouse and Basel. Likewise, in the northern Vosges Mountains, the French 2nd Armored Division spearheaded a U.S. Seventh Army advance, forced the Saverne Gap, and drove to the Rhine, liberating Strasbourg on 23 November 1944. The effect of these two advances was to collapse the German presence in southern Alsace west of the Rhine to a semi-circular-shaped bridgehead centered on the town of Colmar that came to be known as the Colmar Pocket.
Audie Murphy had always wanted to be a soldier. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, he had to provide falsified papers due to his young age in order to enlist. Audie Murphy saw combat in North Africa, Sicili and Southern France before taking part in the Colmar Pocket Battle.
On Audie Murphy Colmar Pocket Tour we will visit all locations that have played a role in the Colmar Pocket battle including the Audie Murphy memorial in Holzwihr.
Itinerary of Audie Murphy Colmar Pocket
- Your guide will pick you up at your hotel. On the first leg of your Audie Murphy Colmar Pocket tour you will visit the Memorial Museum of the Maginot Line of the Rhine. The museum is located in a bunker, which had been built a part oft he Maginot Line.
- Your Colmar Pocket Tour continues to hill 351. Here we visit the Colmar Pocket memorial and visit the French miltary cemetary.
- Colmar Pocket Tour continues to An 18th century cellar used as a shelter by some Turckheim residents for 10 weeks, living without any water or electricity and sleeping on the floor, is now a unique museum in Alsace, dedicated to the liberation of the Colmar Pocket and all those involved.
- Our final stop on our Audie Murphy Colmar Pocket Tour is in Holzwihr, the village of Audie Murphy’s one man stand against 250 German Infantry Men. This is the battle for which Audie Murphy received the medal of honour. In a short ceremony we remember Audie Murphy and all brave men who died for our freedom.
- Your guide will then bring you back to your hotel.
Our Audie Murphy Colmar Pocket Tour designed to last four hours and can be extended into a full day excursion by including the concentration camp Struthof.
This Black Forest Day Trip is available all year round.