Soon after the end of Second World War, Ivy and the Girls were invited to go to Berlin by Field Marshall Montgomery to play at various venues for the Allied Troops in Germany; he thought his tired soldiers might enjoy the visit; they certainly did - and this tour was the first of many visits to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa where they entertained both UK and American servicemen. The list below is correct to the best of our knowledge, but if you know better....................
BAOR, Berlin, West Germany-with ENSA.
1946... Special event at Ostend; Scandinavian Tour - Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark; Liseberg Park, Goteborg, Sweden.
1947... Egypt (August) & Malta, Germany (October)
1948... Germany (March), Egypt (December).
1949... Egypt (April), Malta (April), Cyprus (April),
1950....Egypt via Malta.Cassel Benito, Tripoli.
1951....Germany, U.S and U.K Forces; Dusseldorf for 6 weeks - Tabaris Night-Club. Egypt. Australia Hall, Malta (21 January).
1952....British Zone - Germany. Canal Zone, Egypt.
1953....Jan 7 Australia Hall, Pembroke & Jan 9 Manoel Island Theatre, Gzira, Malta
1954... 7 week Tour- Middle East, Canal Zone, Malta.
1958... Winter - Germany
1959... Winter - Germany
1960... Winter - Germany
1961... Winter - Germany
1962... Spring - Majorca & Madrid; Winter - Germany
1963... Berlin, Germany
1964... October - March 65 - Touring US Bases in Germany.
1965... October - March 66 - Touring US Bases in Germany.October 1965 - 10 day tour of East Germany visiting Leipzig, Dresden and E. Berlin as guests of Ministry of Culture - rapturous reception.
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GI's in South Vietnam; 8 week tourof the Far East from Dec 10 - tour
We know that many
repeat visits were made to Germany, but we believe that tours of Italy,
the Middle East, Switzerland and others were made.