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Specialist Battlefield Guides

Battlefield Tours accompanied by our expert guides...

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides.

Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Battlefield Guides

Leger Holidays Battlefield Guides

Head Battlefield Guide
Paul Reed


Paul Reed, Leger Holidays Head Battlefield Guide

Speciality: From Waterloo to the Cold War, especially WW1 and WW2

Favourite tour: Italian Battlefields of WW2; as my father fought there.

Interests: Military History

About: I have had a life-long interest in military history, my father being a WW2 veteran and both my grandfathers serving in WW1. I read history at University and went on to do a Masters. I began working as a Battlefield Guide in 1987 and joined Leger for their first ever battlefield tour in April 1997.

I would recommend: Once you have been on any of our coach-based introductory tours I would always recommend one of our many battlefield walking tours Walking the ground where the combat took place adds a new dimension to battlefield visits and enables you to see locations well off the beaten track.

Most memorable experience: In more than 15 years of guiding with Leger I have been privileged to have many amazing and moving experiences. Being with veterans is always a special pleasure and being able to take people to a relative’s grave is humbling.

Battlefield Guide
Bill McQuade


Bill McQuade, Cold War Battlefield Guide

Speciality: WW1, WW2, Aviation History, Holocaust and Cold War

Favourite tour: Any of Legers tours but Dam Busters and Hitlers Capitals in particular!

Interests: Military History and Formula 1 Racing

About: Have been passionate about Military History from an early age and having served with HM Forces continued my passion when I worked in a large college in Wakefield. I’ve been with Leger for quite some time now and have been privileged in that they have accepted some of my ideas for Military Based tours.

I would recommend: I would highly recommend the Hitler’s Capitals tour because of the wide range of visits we make across Europe. The tour offers the client the opportunity to truly walk in Histories footsteps as we trace the Rise and Fall of Hitler and National Socialism.

Most memorable experience: I think the most memorable moments are when we take Veterans on tour with us. To hear them talking about their experiences is something you cannot buy. Allied to this is the opportunity we have to assist clients to visit cemeteries and Memorials to find their relatives resting place.

Battlefield Guide
Vic Piuk


Vic Piuk, Great War Battlefield Guide

Speciality: The Great War

Favourite tour: Battlefield walking tours

Interests: Reading, writing, listening to, playing and recording music, swimming, real ale, Mansfield Town FC

About: I always loved history as a child, it was my best subject at school. I took a history degree at university and I was a journalist for 15 years in Nottinghamshire. My first visit to France was while at school and took me through the Great War battlefields, fascinating me and spurring regular visits which never seemed enough which finally culminated in a complete move to the Somme in 1999. Off duty I like to play guitar and have a band with other ex-pats.

I would recommend: For a first timer All Quiet on the Western Front is an unbeatable introduction, while the walking tours offer perhaps more insight and intimate knowledge of the ground and subject.

Most memorable experience: Has to be showing an old lady her father’s grave at Ypres. She had been conceived on his last leave home and he returned to the front never knowing he was to be a father.

Battlefield Guide
Tony Carr


Tony Carr, WW1 Battlefield Guide

Speciality: Normandy and other WW11 Battlefields and WW1.

Favourite tour: I don't have a favourite tour as they all have a special meaning in different ways.

Interests: Battlefields WW1 & WW11

About: My lifelong interest in the military history of WWI /WWII started at a very young age after being introduced to a military glasses case. That interest followed through my School days, including time with the ATC. Much of the last thirty years has involved visiting the battlefields, as an added interest I own a WWII Jeep and also an MVT Member. I am Married with grandchildren.

I would recommend: If your interest is WW1 start with All Quiet on The Western Front it will give you a good introduction to The Great War, if your interest is WW2 start with D-Day Landings in Normandy. From there you can choose the other more specialised tours.

Most memorable experience: Each tour has a memorable experience made this way by the very people on the tours. For these people to allow me to take them for the first time to visit a relative buried in some far off forgotten field is truly a privilege. And returning a veteran for the first time back, is also a privilege.

Battlefield Guide
Peter Smith


Peter Smith, Waterloo Battlefield Guide

Speciality: The Battle of Waterloo, Battlefields of the Great War, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Second World War: Campaign in the West 1940, Northwest European Campaign 1944

Favourite tour: Gallipoli

Interests: Antiquarian Books: Regimental and Divisional Histories

About: Peter Smith was a member of the Royal Air Force from 1972 to 1979, specialising in air traffic control and operations duties; this was followed by a career in The Metropolitan Police from which he retired in 2004. He has an interest in all aspects of military history which he has pursued around the world. Peter has been visiting the battlefields of the Great War and Second World War for over 35 years and has been guiding groups for nearly 20 years. He joined the Leger team in the summer of 2001.

Most memorable experience: One evening with several friends I drove up to ANZAC in order to visit a small cemetery called ‘The Nek’ it is located a short distance north of Quinn's Post. The Nek overlooks Suvla Bay just north of ANZAC where the British landed on 6th August. It was attacked by the Australians, but was never retaken. This attack was imortalised in the final frames of the film ‘Gallipoli’ made in the 1980s starring Mel Gibson. With only the sound of the breeze rustling in the pine trees that grow all around the ridge we watched the sunset until it disappeared into the Aegean Sea.

Battlefield Guide
David McCormack


David McCormack, WW2 Battlefield Guide

Speciality: The rise and fall of National Socialism, the Holocaust and the Eastern Front 1941-45

Favourite tour: Hitler’s Capitals

Interests: My interests are Military history, military and regimental museums and also German history from 1870 – 1989

About: My background is in the health and social care sector where I worked as a Staff Nurse/Care Manager for twenty years. In 2006, I enrolled at Salford University as a mature student. Three years later I graduated with a first class degree in Contemporary Military and International History.

Since 2010 I have been self employed as a private History and English tutor. My other work experience includes working as a volunteer researcher with the Museum of the Manchester Regiment and as a case-worker with the Soldiers, Sailors and Air Force Association (SSAFA). I have worked as a battlefield/historical guide with Leger since 2012.

I would recommend: Hitler’s Capitals as this tour covers the birthplace of National Socialism (Munich), the great parade grounds and seat of the party congress (Nuremberg) and the city which witnessed in full the apocalyptic fall of the Nazi regime (Berlin).

Most memorable experience: My first Hitler’s Capital’s tour stands out as I knew from that moment that I was going to enjoy it.

Battlefield Guide
Iain McHenry


Iain McHenry, First World War Battlefield Guide

Speciality: First World War battlefields guide and historian

Favourite tour: All Quiet on the Western front is a great introduction for those who have never been and it is really great seeing reactions from people when they see the battlefields

Interests: WW1, WW2, Travel, Reading, Archaeology, Arab/Israeli conflict, Ancient Egypt, Aviation and flying

About: Born in Belfast, I followed my father into the army when I was 16. I served with the Royal Military Police experiencing Nepal, Germany, Northern Ireland, UK, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Canada, Falkland Islands, Sardinia and Norway.

left the army in 2005 and settled in Ypres, to live on the WW1 battlefields. I am one of the founder members of the la Boisselle Project Study Group which carries out archaeological and archival projects on the WW1 battlefields.

I would recommend: I thoroughly recommend Battlefields Israel when it is in the brochure. The country of Israel has a fascinating military history and the tour covers all aspects from ancient, WW1 and modern Arab/Israeli. Closer to home on the Western Front I recommend any of the WW1 walking tours.

Once you have an overview of the battlefields this is the way to visit and understand more of what happened. You will experience the ground and the weather and see the battlefields in far more detail.

Most memorable experience: I once took an 87 year old man to the grave of his father who was killed in WW1. He never knew his father as his mother was pregnant with him when his father was killed in action during the 1916 Somme Offensive.

His family had mistakenly believed that his name was amongst the missing on the Menin Gate memorial in Ypres and he was very upset when he visited Ypres and couldn’t find his name on the Gate. A little research showed his father was buried on the Somme under a named headstone and we were able to take him to see his dad’s grave for the first and only time. It was a very moving and special experience. The gentleman passed away some 2 years later, I feel very honoured and humbled to have helped him find his father’s grave.

Battlefield Guide
Carl Shilleto


Carl Shilleto, World War 2 Battlefield Guide

Speciality: D-Day and the Normandy Battlefields

Favourite tour: D-Day Landings in Normandy

Interests: Reading, writing and researching military history, in particular, on the Normandy battlefields and for the Fallen Heroes of Normandy archive project (www.fallenheroesofnormandy.org). Other interests include time with my family, photography, music (playing guitar), and website development

About: I’m a military historian, author and photographer, with over 15 years’ experience of battlefield guiding and have a BA (Hons) degree in History and American Studies from the University of Leeds. During this time I have worked as a consultant and battlefield guide in areas such as Normandy in France; Arnhem, Nijmegen and Oosterbeek in Holland; and Salerno, Anzio and Monte Cassino in Italy. In addition to research, writing and producing photographs for several of my own books on the Second World War, I have also written and photographed for magazines, newspapers and worked on many publications with other historians.

Among the books I've written to date are:

  1. Pegasus Bridge & Horsa Bridge
    (foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales)
  2. Merville Battery & The Dives Bridges
    (foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales)

Further details of my published works can be found at www.carlshilleto.co.uk

I would recommend: The D-Day Landings in Normandy 4-day tour. This is a great introductory tour for anyone, of all ages, who is interested in the Second World War, and particularly the campaign in North-West Europe. In just two days, visitors will be able to experience the scale and learn about the diversity of operations in this most historic of battles.

Most memorable experience: I suppose the most memorable experience for me was taking my own grandfather back, in the late 1990s, to the beach where he landed in Normandy on one of the Leger tours I was leading. To witness complete strangers of all ages come up to him, as they do to so many of the veterans, and thank him in person for the freedom they now enjoy, is a great memory.

Battlefield Guide
Keith Quibell


Keith Quibell, 1st World War Battlefield Guide

Speciality: 1st World War

Favourite tour: Walking the Somme

Interests: Military history; football, squash, running, travel, musical theatre, reading, MG car enthusiast

About: Married with three children. England schoolboy International. On leaving school signed as apprentice footballer for Mansfield Town. Injury after 1 year ended any football career. Joined Nottinghamshire Police and served 30 years before retiring 2002. Began full-time guiding on the Western Front battlefields.

Most memorable experience: 15 years of taking 1st WW veterans back to the battlefields.

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Peter Williams


Peter Williams, First World War Battlefield Guide

Speciality: First World War Battlefield Tours

Favourite tour: Very difficult to choose but possibly those involving the British army in 1914, particularly the areas of Mons and the Aisne

Interests: History, football and ornithology

About: I was born in Caerphilly, attended Swansea University where I studied History and Welsh. I worked in local government for a number of years being involved in the field of adult education and the leisure and youth services.

Most memorable experience: I cannot think of one in-particular though it is always a memorable experience to take people to a particular cemetery to visit a relative.

Battlefield Guide
Paul Errington


Paul Errington, D-Day Battlefield Guide

Speciality: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, Dambusters, Colditz and the Great Escape

Favourite tour: D-Day Landings

Interests: Reading Military History, Battlefield Archaeology and playing and watching Cricket

About: I have a Military and Law Enforcement background. I served for six years in the Royal Artillery before leaving and joining the Police where I served until 2008 as a CID Detective involved in covert, proactive operations. I have been visiting Battlefields for almost 20 years since I began like many people tracing the History of my Grandfather in WW1 with my own Father , visiting the Somme and the Hindenburg Line. I have been a Military Historian since my schooldays with my main interest being the Battlefields of both Eastern and Western Europe during World War 2. I began Battlefield Tour guiding to the Eastern Front of WW2 in 2003 and since then have led many tours to Battlefields in both Eastern and Western Europe. I have also been involved in Battlefield Archaeology for the last seven years and have now been involved in numerous excavations.

I would recommend: For those interested in Battlefields of WW2 and visiting either for the first time or as an experienced Battlefield Traveller it would have to be the Normandy Tour as it allows the visitor to gain a real understanding of the complexities of the largest Seaborne Invasion of WW2 and one of the most difficult and costly Land Battles in Western Europe with the individual experience of the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen involved in the fighting plus Normandy is a Beautiful area to visit.

Most memorable experience: Guiding allows you to meet many wonderful people from all backgrounds but being on the Battlefield with the veterans who actually fought there gives a truly unique and personal perspective and experience to the events of History. I have been very privileged to have guided veterans to Normandy , Arnhem , the Reichswald and the Rhine Crossing and on a recent Dambusters Tour we had Bomber Command veterans with us, all of these tours were ones I will never forget.

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Marc Hope


Marc Hope, World War II Battlefield Guide

Speciality: World War I and World War II, plus Waterloo

Favourite tour: Walking Waterloo

Interests: I am interested in Military History, Football and my Family

About: I come from Newcastle–Upon-Tyne. Spent several years in the Army before moving into Civilian Catering. This involved me working at sea on ships and Oil Rigs. After that I worked as a Business Support Manager for Sainsbury’s before turning a very passionate hobby into a full time profession. I have been travelling to the Battlefields for over 20 years, in which the last eight of them having been guiding groups & individuals.

I would recommend: All Quiet on The Western Front. It’s a very good introductory tour to three main Battlefields. You get to see the Ypres Salient, Arras and the Somme all within a few days.

Most memorable experience: It’s all memorable, from meeting the passengers right through to personal visits and exploring the Battlefields.

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Gary Ashley


Gary Ashley, Battlefield Guide

About: Gary has explored battlefields from 1974, including 100 Years War, Napoleonic, Crimea and Great War, also WWII, and is an avid collector of Militaria. He is also a re-enactor and lives in France..

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Charlotte Czyzyk


Charlotte Czyzyk, Battlefield Guide

About: Charlotte first went to the battlefields with her grandfather, a D-Day veteran. She has worked for Imperial War Museums since 2003, and has completed a History degree and Masters.

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David Warren


David Warren, Battlefield Guide

About: An authority in many fields of military history, David guides tours from the Peninsular War to WWII, with Dunkirk a speciality. He has appeared on several T.V. documentaries.

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Fred Greenhow MBE


Fred Greenhow MBE, Battlefield Guide

About: Fred served in the Royal Artillery for over 35 years and is a veteran of several operational tours ranging from the Falklands to the Gulf Wars. He has been visiting WWI and WWII battlefields for numerous years and joined Leger as a guide on his retirement from the Army.

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