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Tim Saunders
Tim Saunders
Author battlefield guide and full time military historian, Tim Saunders was Educated at Clayesmore School and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He served as an officer in the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment for thirty years and has a life long interest in military history. As an officer cadet, he undertook his first battlefield tour of Normandy on a bicycle at the age of eighteen, during leave from Sandhurst, where he was one of a generation of officers who studied under Professor Richard Holmes. Since then his service, including the Falklands, Northern Ireland, the Gulf and the Balkans, has provided him with the opportunity to visit many less well known battlefields around the world.

Since leaving the Army  Tim has appeared on TV  in programmes as diverse as Channel 4's Time Team, Battlefield Detectives, the word programme Balderdash and Piffle' and most recently the Lost Evidence series for the History Channel. Tim is also an author with over 10 military history titles to his name.
 
As a battlefield guide Tim is an expert on World Wars 1 and 2 and has conducted tours at all levels from private, through schools to Amilitary units and Headquarters. Tim is a badged member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides.
 
 
 
Tim is a director of Battlefield History TV and is it's Creative Director responible for all direction and editing. Contact  tim.s@battlefieldhistory.tv
 
 
 
Tom Dormer
Tom Dormer


Tom was educated at Wellingborough Grammar School and gained a Kitchener Scholarship to read geography at University College London in 1972. He was appointed as a research assistant on graduation and undertook three years' research in historical geography at UCL.
Tom has pursued two separate careers, one in commerce and the other in the military serving as a platoon commander in the 1st and 2nd battalions of The Royal Anglian Regiment and, subsequently, 14 years in the TA.


Tom's business life is unusual in that he has developed successfully three diverse ventures under the umbrella of The Dormer Group. These interests include licensed property valuations, stocktaking, retail audits and asset registers, and a software house designing and supplying systems for payroll and accounts. He also developed the largest natural stone supplier and installer in the UK, specialising in designing and manufacturing high�quality natural limestone floors and facades.
 
Tom is a badged member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides who specialises on WW1 and WW2. Tom is the Finance Director of Battlefield History TV. Contact tom.d@battlefieldhistory.tv 
 
 

 

Andrew Duff

Andrew Duff was educated at Christ Church Cathedral Choir School and Dauntseys School. It was whilst he was at school and visiting his parents in Cyprus and India that his interest in history generally, and military history in particular, were kindled. He was commissioned from Sandhurst into the Royal Anglian Regiment. He served with 3 Royal Anglian (the successor regiment to the Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiments) in UK, Germany, Cyprus, N Ireland and Belize, commanding companies on operational tours in Cyprus, N Ireland and Belize. He also carried out regimental tours of duty as Adjutant/Training Officer of the Bermuda Regiment and as Training Major of 5 Royal Anglian. As a staff officer he did tours in Military Operations, Intelligence and Security, Exercise Planning and finished his regular service as the officer responsible for the Arctic Warfare Training and Operations of the UK Element of the Allied Mobile Force.
On leaving the Regular Army he settled in Wiltshire and joined the Territorial Army (TA) serving with HQ 5 Airborne Bde and then HQ 16 Air Assault Bde.


Since leaving the TA he has been able to indulge his lifelong interest in Military History by becoming a Battlefield Tour Guide and has conducted successful tours for schools, military groups and adults. Andrew is a badged member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides  
Andrew is the Executive Producer and a Director of Battlefield History TV. Contact anduff@battlefieldhistory.tv

 Dr John Greenacre

John Greenacre spent 24 years in the British Army as a commissioned officer in the Royal Corps of Transport and Army Air Corps. A reconnaissance helicopter pilot, John served on operations in the Gulf, the Balkans and Northern Ireland. He is a graduate of the Joint Services Staff College and worked in staff jobs from procurement to arms control, from the Falkland Islands to Canada. He left the Army in 2011.

John was awarded his PhD from the University in Leeds in 2009 for the research on his thesis on the development of Britain�s airborne forces during the Second World War. His book on the same subject, Churchill�s Spearhead was published by Pen and Sword in 2010 on the 70th anniversary of the formation of British airborne forces.

John is a badged member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and frequently leads groups across the battlefields of the First World War�s Western Front and Second World War battlefields in France, Holland, Germany, Italy and Malta. He is also an occasional lecturer in modern European history at University Campus Suffolk. Contact: john_greenacre@hotmail.com

 Frank Toogood

 

Frank Toogood has been an award-winning designer within the creative industry for over two decades. At the beginning of his career Frank also served eleven years as a Territorial with the 70th (Essex Yeomanry) Signal Squadron, which was part of 71st (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment (V). During this time his passion for military history grew to the point where he decided to become a battlefield guide. Frank joined the International Guild of Battlefield Guides in 2006 and in 2008 after qualifying, was very proud to be presented his Guide's Badge from the late Prof. Richard Holmes. Besides running 'The Battlefield Guide', Frank also freelances for a number of other battlefield tour providers.

Contact: toogood@me.com

www.thebattlefieldguide.com

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Bob Hilton

Bob Hilton joined the Parachute Regiment in July 1981. On completion of his training he joined the 2nd Battalion and was sent straight to the Falklands Island. He fought with 2 PARA at Goose Green. From 2000 to 2003 he served as a Senior Non Commissioned Officer on operations in Sierra Leone, Macedonia and Afghanistan. Bob has had a life long interest in military history, especially of Britain�s Airborne Forces.Upon retirement in 2003 he took up being a full time battlefield tour guide. Bob can be contacted on;  bhilton@hotmail.co.uk

 

 Mike Peters

Mike Peters
Mike Peters is a serving Army Air Corps Officer who has been leading battlefield tours for more than twenty years. He joined the Army in 1980 at the age of 16 as a Junior Leader and progressed through a busy career to become a Regimental Sergeant Major. He was commissioned from the ranks in the year 2000. Mike is now a Major working as a staff officer in the Attack Helicopter Force.

Mike has extensive operational experience in Northern Ireland, Macedonia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq where he served during both Gulf wars. He has recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan. This experience and knowledge of tactics, give him a soldier's eye for ground and the implications of terrain on the weapon systems of your chosen period. He has a passion for military history which he combines with his own military experiences when working as a battlefield guide. He strives to place his audience on the field of battle with enough insight to understand the realities of battle, while helping them to imagine what the soldiers of the day saw and felt. This focus allows the listener to look at the battle from the inside out; this is of course every battlefield guides aim.

The campaigns of Wellington are Mike's favorite subject area although he is equally at home working with groups on the battlefields of the Great War. Most recently he has begun to specialize in leading Australian and New Zealand groups over the ANZAC battlefields of Flanders. Intimate knowledge of modern Air Assault operations also enables Mike to focus on the detail of the parachute and glider operations of World War Two. He regularly leads tours visiting the Landing Zones of Sicily, Normandy, Arnhem and the Rhine crossing.

Mike enjoys touring with school groups or adults and is regularly to be found on the continent working for Anglia Tours or leading battlefield studies with military groups. He regularly contributes articles to military journals and magazines. Mike is also a published author � he wrote 'Glider Pilots at Arnhem' � a book on the exploits of The Glider Pilot Regiment during Operation Market Garden. He has also worked as a presenter with Battlefield History TV, being involved in films on Pegasus Bridge, The Glider Pilot Regiment, Operation Market Garden and the Waterloo campaign. He is currently writing a book on the British Airborne landings on Sicily.

Mike was awarded his guild badge by the late Richard Holmes in November 2005 and was Vice Chairman of the guild from 2010-2011. Mike was appointed Guild Chairman in late 2011.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jo Hook
 Jo Hook

Jo�s father served during WWII with the Royal Engineers as a cartographer (he drew very fine maps of the Western Desert � something which had never properly been mapped before) . Jo�s grandfather served during WW1 and she therefore grew up avidly listening to her father�s tales of the Second World War and thus a passion in military history was born.  In 1986 Jo spent 3 years working with the Ministry of Defence in Hong Kong which allowed her to widen her interest in military history.  In 1994 she joined the Territorial Army (Royal Signals) and it was here that Jo had the opportunity to arrange battlefield tours.  In 1995 she spent time on Operations in Bosnia.  A subsequent move to Germany allowed Jo to concentrate on guiding German based British Military Groups specifically to study Operation Market Garden. At the same time Jo also returned to the UK to accompany UK based groups to both WW1 and WWII battlefields. 
Jo has also worked closely with the Normandy Veterans Association accompanying many of the veterans back to Normandy for the 6 June commemoration weekends as well as returning with Arnhem Veterans back to the battlefields of Holland. 
Having served both on operations and having experienced life as an Army wife with a husband on operations Jo understands the perspective of soldiers on the battlefield and the viewpoint of families at home as well as gaining an insight to the comparison between latter day soldiers and the life of the soldier on the modern day battlefield. 
Jo joined the Guild of Battlefield Guides in 2006 and attained badged status (Badge Number 48) in October 2010 and at the same time took over the role as Events Co-ordinator for the Guild.  When time permits she also undertakes book reviews for Soldier Magazine and has been involved in typing up memoirs for the Paradata Archive.  She is also in the middle of trying to attain a History Degree through the Open University � something she will one day finish!
In 2010 Jo took part in the Help for Heroes Bridge Too Far Bike Ride as one of the battlefield guides and is also currently involved with the Wenches in the Trenches sponsored walk project in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund.  This year Jo has also started working for Anglia Battlefield Tours predominantly with school tours something which she enjoys very much and finds extremely satisfying.
Her main passion in life is ensuring that the story of the soldier and the sacrifices made by those who fought throughout history should not be forgotten.  Her ambition is to try to track down the maps her father (an accomplished artist) drew in the Second World War and maybe one day to try and write a book.  
Contact : johook2003@yahoo.co.uk

Graeme Cooper

Graeme Cooper

 Graeme has been battlefield guiding since 1995 and now operates Cooper's Waterloo Tours, a family run business specialising in tailored tours of the Napoleonic Campaign battlefields of the Peninsular War and Waterloo for adults, and leadership training for the military. A Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society (FINS), Graeme qualified as a Waterloo Campaign Guide with Les Guides 1815 in 1998.
Graeme's interest in the Waterloo Campaign was sparked during his time as a cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst by the late lecturers and renowned military historians and authors, Professor Richard Holmes and Dr David Chandler. This intrigue, kept alive by a military career, has maintained his fascination for the Campaign and a strong concern for the preservation of the battlefield, which he first visited in 1973.
In November 2002, Graeme founded The Guild of Battlefield Guides and was the Secretary up until November 2009 when he became the first member of the Guild to be elected to the Roll of Honour for his services to the Guild.
Graeme is a recognised Great War and WW2 Guide, member of the Battlefields Trust and former Chairman of the British Army of the Rhine Branch of the Western Front Association. He lives in Essex, is married and has a son and daughter both commissioned in the British Army.
Graeme is proud of his association with BHTV since its formation in 2008. He believes that the Waterloo Collection is a unique and a desirable record of the Waterloo Campaign that every Napoleonic connoisseur should acquire.

Julia Page.

Julia took up Battlefield Guiding after a highly successful career as a teacher culminating in a series of headships. On her retirement she devoted herself to studying and writing about her childhood obsession with the wars of the Wellingtonian Era, in particular the Peninsula Capaigns of Wellington. Her book INTELLIGENCE OFFICER in the PENINSULA based on the letters and diaries of Major The Hon. Edward Charles Cocks is a must for any serious student of the peninsula campaign.

Andy Johnson.

Andy served in the RAF from 1981 as a fighter controller, spending ten years serving in air defence radar stations.  In 1992, he moved to RAF Waddington and spent the next seventeen years flying on the AWACS as crewmember and mission crew commander.  During his flying service, Andy flew extensively in air operations over Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, and worked with the armed forces of many nations, particularly the USA, Australia and India.  He has an insider's view of the air environment and the application of air power on the battlefield. 

Andy has a lifetime interest in military aviation and the campaigns of the British and Commonwealth Armies, particularly in the Second World War, has visited battlefields in Sicily, Italy, Normandy and Northwest Europe and has led Staff Rides and battlefield tours looking at the Battle of Britain and visiting the Western Front and Normandy. 

As a complete contrast, Andy travelled to India on numerous occasions and developed an interest in the Honourable East India Company and its campaigns, particularly the Indian Mutiny of 1857-59.  During independent travels, he explored sites at Delhi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Gwalior, Jhansi and other locations, many well off the beaten track.

He retired from the RAF in 2009 to pursue a second career in battlefield guiding and military and aviation research.  He is a volunteer guide at RAF Waddington Heritage Centre, escorting general interest and ancestral groups, and at RAF Digby Operations Room Museum, where a fighter control background is of particular use.  He also guides a Lincolnshire-based aviation-themed tour and has guided for Remembrance Travel.

He joined the Guild of Battlefield Guides in 2008 and gained Badge No 52 in November 2011. Andy can be contacted at andyjohnson26@hotmail.co.uk

  

Dr Robert Vorshuil - Arnhem Presenter and Guide robert.voskuil@xs4all.nl

 
 

Tim Stoneman - Maritime Historian And Guide. tjstoneman@dsl.pipex.com

Tim has guided tours to battlefields and remembrance sites since 2008, leading groups of veterans, schools parties, serving military and the general public to widen understanding of the meaning and realities of conflict, in both present-day and historical contexts.  Before this, he served in the Royal Navy, for 35 years, when he took part in several historical studies as the maritime expert.  These helped broaden his life-long interest in naval history to encompass land and air campaigns of the 20th century.
Whilst preferring to look at battles with a nautical or amphibious flavour, such as Gallipoli, Dunkirk or Normandy, he is equally at home covering actions on the Somme, in Flanders, or other land-locked regions.  Some have interests nearer to home; Tim has also led students, civilians and servicemen on visits to memorials, museums and historic sites in the UK, such as those in London and Portsmouth.

 

Richard Hone - WW 2 Armoured Vehicles and Weapon Historian

 
 

After a full 22 year career in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, much of it spent in Germany, Richard turned his intimate knowledge of tanks and armoured vehicles into a passionate and long-standing hobby. Model making, for which he is renowned, combined with a detailed knowledge of Wehrmacht orders of battle and tactics, makes him an important part of the BHTV team in all our Second World War films.
Richard�s other great enthusiasm are the soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry and their battles. Included in his film credits is �Finding Uncle Bill�; a worked example of how to not only follow an ancestors Great War documentary trail but to also visit the battlefields where he fought. William Pye who died in the advance south of the Ypres Salient less than a month before the end of the war, was Richard�s Uncle Bill. Richard was the fifth generation of his familly to serve his country in the army.

 

Francois Wicart.

French National born in Paris,
Studied at university in France and UK

Qualified as �Conf�rencier� from the French ministry of culture and tourism in 1981.
Member of the board of examiners at the Ministry of tourism for Guide and Conf�rencier �s qualification for several years
Qualified as head of restoration team of volunteer from the French Ministry of historical building. Specialized in Medieval fortification
Have been guiding WWI and WWII battlefield tours for many years mostly for American visitors and companies such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Museum, Berckley ,Yale, UVA alumni association, YPO, Rochambeau army, Daughter and Sons of the American revolution etc.

Military historian with publication on WWI battle at Verdun, research work on XIX and XX century fortification.
A book on the German Falk is due to be released in April next year.. Francois is now mainly resident in UK. 

.falwicart@orange.fr

weiss Dr Stephen J Weiss, a former Research Associate at the Centre for Defence Studies holds two MA degrees, the first in Clinical Psychology from Goddard College, Vt., the second in War Studies from Kings College London. He was awarded his PhD. in War Studies from Kings in 1995.

Dr. Weiss served as a first scout in an American infantry rifle squad in Italy, France, and Germany. He landed on D-Day in Southern France. Listed as Missing In Action' in France, he served with the French Resistance and an OSS Operational Group behind enemy lines. For these exploits, he was awarded the French Resistance Medal, two Croix de Guerre, and the American Bronze Star. President Jacques Chirac presented him with the Legion d� Honneur in 1999. On 22nd June 2007 he was made an Officier de la Leigon d� Honneur.

Dr Weiss also worked as a licensed California clinical psychotherapist in Los Angeles. As a former photographer and music editor, he spent many years in American network broadcast television. In his lectures, he brings his war experiences directly into the class room.

Dr Weiss is conducting research on and assessment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in a select group of World War Two Veterans. The Canadian landings in Normandy on D-Day is another project under investigation.

His recent book,Second Chance: In Combat with the US 'Texas' Infantry, the OSS, and the French Resistance during the Liberation of France, 1943-1946 was published in September 2011 by Military History Publishing.