We ensure all our guides have extensive experience and knowledge in their chosen field of expertise before they carry out a tour for us.
We use self-employed guides to run our tours. We believe this ensures you get the best quality of service, at the lowest rates, whilst ensuring guides from all around Europe stay the best in their field. We have members of the Guild of battlefield guides, members of the European Tour Operators Association, Battlefield Historians and Serving/Ex Military; guides with so much knowledge and experience, we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Unlike most other people with a passion for the Great War, Tim has Disneyland Paris to thank for the start of his journey. It was during a trip to Disneyland Paris over 20 years ago that Tim passed through Ypres and witnessed the Last Post Ceremony, an event that would change his life forever.
From that point, he spent any spare time that he had, visiting the WW1 battlefields of France and Flanders, walking the ground he had read about and gaining a full understanding of the events that will be etched in the history books of the commonwealth forever.
After many years of visiting the battlefields came the realisation that “you only live once” Tim and his wife decided to purchase a property in the heart of the Somme battlefields, give up the corporate treadmill and start living the dream.
Tim, a glass half full person with a zest for life, has been carrying out research and guiding groups large and small around the battlefields of France & Flanders for many years, sharing his passion and knowledge with anyone who wants to listen.
He is a member of the European Tour Operators Association and also in his own words “has the privilege of being the chairman of the Somme branch of the Western Front Association”.
Peter’s life has revolved around the Great War since he inherited his grandfather’s medals and diary as a small boy. He grew up in East Yorkshire before joining the Territorial Army at 17. At 21 he decided he needed a little more action and joined the Royal Marines, a unit he served with for eleven years.
Peter is a prolific collector of Great War ephemera and photographs, many of which have been used in related publications. In 2004 he moved to the
Somme battlefields of France with his wife and children, where he started a bed and breakfast in the historic village of Flers. He now works full time as a Battlefield guide and researcher.
Peter is a member of the British Commission for Military History, the International Guild of Battlefield Guides and the Western Front Association. He is the battlefield historian on many of our Western Front tours.
Matthew qualified as a nurse back in 1995, and still practices but now in more of training and teaching role. Inspired by family members who served during both wars, including relatives who fell on the Somme and Ypres, a move towards military history was inevitable. Following his History and War studies degree he worked as a visiting lecturer at university, lecturing on a variety of military history topics. This has continued with an annual field trip to Normandy and research work based on the experiences of NW Europe campaign veterans.
He has been working as a battlefield guide for the past 10 years, this has included spells living on the Somme and taking school groups around The Somme and Ypres. In more recent years this has expanded to adult and veteran groups, with visits to Libya and Normandy with Heroes Return, and Anzio and Monte Cassino. He now specialises in taking groups to sites associated with the rise of the Third Reich, such as Munich, Nuremberg and Berlin, and the Holocaust, with sites such as Dachau, Belsen, and Auschwitz, and many other sites associated with this terrible period of history.
He is a trustee of the Western Front Association (Historical Information Officer) and member of the Centre for First World War Studies at Birmingham University.
Jon’s interest in the First World War was sparked as a young boy listening to the stories of veterans in his village. His interest in the military and the Great War increased and blossomed when he researched his own relative’s actions and became fascinated by the part that they played. This fuelled his interest, which subsequently turned into a passion.
Jon served in the Territorial Army for five years, furthering his understanding and knowledge of the military. This furthered his love of history, which he went on to study at degree level. Having completed his History degree in 2005 he took the decision to move with his family to the Somme and convert this passion into a career.
In 2006 Jon became a full time battlefield guide for the Musée Somme 1916, Albert, a role he continues to fulfil on a part-time basis. When not in the museum, Jon pursues his passion by taking people around the battlefields as an independent guide and researcher. When not on the battlefield, Jon can often be found in the excellent Old Blighty Tearooms in La Boisselle, which is run by his wife Alison.
Jon helped revive the Somme Branch of the Western Front Association where he now holds the post of Research and Development Officer.
Lt Col David Mathias DL.
David is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with a lifetime of service in the Royal Navy and both the Regular and Territorial Armies. He has studied and visited battlefields throughout the world, and his present focus are the battlefields of the Second World War in NW Europe, and the Zulu and 2nd Anglo-Boer Wars in South Africa. He has led numerous battlefield tours, including a number to South Africa conducting detailed and wide ranging studies of the campaigns.
In 1986 he was responsible for placing the Welsh Dragon monument at Mametz Wood on the Somme, and was present at its unveiling a year later. In 2005 he planned and orchestrated the placing of Wales’ only full scale replica Trafalgar beacon. He is the author of several articles on the Great War soldiers of his home town of Llanelli, and has successfully campaigned for a memorial to the town’s only VC winner, Sgt Ivor Rees, South Wales Borderers.
David is the President of both Llanelli Veterans Association and Llanelli Sea Cadets, and in 2009 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the county of Dyfed.
Bob Brunsdon has been a serving police officer for 28 years. He has had a varied and eventful police career including war crimes investigation with the United Nations in Bosnia and as an instructor to the Iraqi Police with the American-led Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Bob also spent 30 years working with the Cadet Forces, and is a member of the Battlefields Trust, the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society and is training as a guide for Gloucester Civic Trust.
Bob comes from a Gloucestershire family with a long history of voluntary military service in both World Wars. He was educated at King’s School, Gloucester, and is presently writing a book on behalf of the school concerning the names on their war memorials.
He is an enthusiastic member of the Western Front Association, for whom he guides, as well as conducting bespoke tours for families and individuals. His interest has taken him to battlefields as far afield as Egypt, Libya, South Africa, Gallipoli, Israel and Jordan as well as Europe and the UK.
Bob is also a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and has completed the testing validation process to become Badged Guide No.49.
Lt. Col Ian Gumm.
Ian is a full-time professional battlefield guide and member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides and the Western Front Association.
As a badged member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides Ian endeavours to maintain the high levels of good practice and standard of service commensurate with the Guild’s ethos.
Ian has served in the British Forces with the Territorial Army for over thirty years. He is a serving Major in the Royal Welsh and had the privilege of commanding B (Rorke’s Drift) Company of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Wales as well as serving as the Training Major for Wales University Officer Training Corps. The experience he has gained with the British Army allows him to add a soldier’s perspective in his guiding profession.
Ian has led tours for nearly ten years and visited the battlefields at: Ypres – Waterloo – the D-Day Beaches of Normandy – Passchendaele – the Somme – US Airborne sites of Operation Market Garden and the British Airborne at Arnhem – US Airborne and British Airborne sites of Normandy – Vimy Ridge – Messines Ridge – Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge – Agincout – Cambrai – the British and American Rhine Crossing sites … and many more. Let Ian take you on a journey of discovery where his experience and expertise will bring the battlefield to life and give you an impression of what the officers and men who fought there endured.
In 1975 Eric learned to fly gliders and light aircraft at an old WW2 US Air Force Bomber base where he began to get an interest in the history of the Allied Air Operations during the Second World War.
This interest focused on the bases around East Anglia close to where he lives and he subsequently became involved in escorting groups of veterans and their families around their old wartime haunts. Eric has conducted these tours both privately and as a guide for the 8th Air Force Association at their UK reunions.
Having now taken early retirement, Eric now spends much of his time researching his interests in all things Military. Eric is our specialist Air Force guide and leads on our US 8th Air Force Tour, as well as guiding on our Military tours across the battlefields of Northwest Europe.
Born in Belfast, the son of a soldier, he grew up in Germany, England and Northern Ireland.
After leaving school he followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the army as a Junior Apprentice into the Royal Signals. Transferring to the Royal Military Police in 1990 he has served in many different theatres of operations such as Germany, UK, Northern Ireland, Nepal, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sardinia, Norway, Egypt, Falkland Islands, Sierra Leone, Canada and Belgium.
He has always had a passionate interest of Military History and has endeavoured to travel to many historical locations with the army, often leading groups of soldiers on Military History orientated tours. These have included Ypres, The Somme and many more further afield.
Following a two year posting to Supreme Headquaters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) outside Mons in Belgium he concentrated hard on honing his knowledge of the First World War. The first shot fired in anger by the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in August 1914, was fired about 400 meters outside the gates of the Barracks where he was stationed. With Ypres being about 70 Miles away and the Somme, 80 miles away he spent his free time visiting the battlefields, gaining knowledge, leading tours and also making use of his Private Pilots License to fly over the Battlefields taking photographs and filming. He currently guides tours covering the whole of the Western Front and also the WW1 Palestine campaign.
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