This tour follows a totally different itinerary to the American Experience Tour. It visits the actual sites made famous in the HBO/BBC TV series Band of Brothers, from where the men de-trucked and walked in on to the battles for Foy , Noville and Rachamps .
It really is imperative that you watch the TV series before booking the tour, and indeed many of my clients will be hardcore fans, having read many of the spin-off books by the veterans that have been published since the series aired. The tour follows the exploits of Easy Company of the 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, together with other units that fought in similar engagements.
Over the past decades Reg was honored to have personally guided or escorted veterans from Easy company and their families on the Bastogne battlefields. Bill Guarnere, Babe Heffron, Forrest Guth, Ed Shames, Earl McClung, Shifty Powers were among them and he was priviledged to spend some time with Ed Mauser , Paul Rogers , Don Malarkey , Buck Compton, Frank Soboleski, Herb Suerth, Brad Freeman. He has also taken the family of Robert Burr Smith, Myron Ranney, George Luz, Eugene Roe, ‘Smokey’ Gordon, John Van Kooijk, Maj Bob Harwick, Colonel Robert Sink, Col Robert Strayer and Walter Wentzel to the sites on this tour. Many times these tours resulted in a lifetime friendship. Because of these great experiences Janswas able to gather a lot of anecdotes and information you won’t find in any spin-off books.
In December 2016 Reg Jans hosted and guided 14 Actors of the HBO series Band of Brothers in Bastogne. The cast was amazingly interested to hear the stories of these great men they once portrayed. Actors: Cpt Dale Dye (Col Sink), Philip Barantini (Skinny Sisk), Robin Laing (Babe Heffron), Ross McCall (Joe Liebgott), Ben Caplan (Smokey Gordon), Douglas Spain (Tony Garcia), James Madio (Frank Perconte), Doug Allen (Alton Moore), Shane Taylor (Doc Roe), Bart Ruspoli (Ed Tipper), Nick Aaron (Popeye Wynn), Rick Gomez (George Luz), Rick Warden (Harry Welsh), George Calil (Moe Alley).
In June 2018 Reg connected with Peter McCabe (Donald Hoobler) , Christian Black (Walter Hendrix), Matthew Leitch (Floyd ‘Tab’ Talbert), Marc Huberman (Lester Hashey) and Tim Matthews (Alex Penkala).