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Welcome to the International Guild of Battlefield Guides

Find a battlefield guide, join the Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Are you looking for a professional guide to take you on a battlefield tour? Are you working as a battlefield guide, would you like to find out more about becoming validated as a battlefield guide?

The International Guild of Battlefield Guides is the foremost organisation dedicated to touring the battlefields. We enable guides and historians to share information, expertise and knowledge; we help visitors to find accredited battlefield guides who can help them to explore the past. We all have one thing in common: a love of military history and a desire to ensure the sacrifices of past generations in war are not forgotten.

Our Honorary Members include Tonie and Valmai Holt, the pioneers of battlefield guiding.

To analyse, develop and raise the understanding, practice and profession of battlefield guiding; and to promote the education of battlefield guides and visitors.

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Find out more about the International Guild of Battlefield Guides’ Accrediation Progamme, and all the associated benefits of being a Guild Member. 

Coming Up

Guild Webinar “Guiding the Air Battle – A Pedagogic Survey!”

I was going to deliver a talk on "Guiding the Air Battle - A Pedagogic Survey!" at the January 2024 Annual Conference but Covid-19 intervened.
This will now be delivered by webinar at 1900 hrs on Tuesday 23 April 2024.
But do not be put off by the, somewhat, "tongue-in-cheek" title.
Whilst I will be examining the relevance of air power to where the majority of our members guide, and how to characterise it, the majority of the talk will focus on the practical aspects.
Thus, I will be taking a detailed look at the multitude of different types of sources available, and their merits or otherwise.
I will then discuss ways in which all this material could be used as part of a tour or stand.
Finally, I will bring this all together in an analysis of "Structure and Content", an issue which seems to challenge Assignment 1 & 6 candidates far more than it needs to.
There will then be an opportunity for questions & discussion.
I look forward to seeing as many members as possible, but in particular those undertaking accreditation, on the 23rd.
Christopher Finn
Accreditation Director.
April 23rd, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Online

Validation Event

Want to progress towards Accredited Membership?
Need to do a face-to-face assignment?
Can’t get to a Guild Weekend?
Available on 27 April?
Then here’s your opportunity!

Middle Wallop’s a few miles from Andover, and a one-day Validation event at the Museum of Army Flying there on 27 April could be the chance for you to get Assignment 1, 5 or 6 under your belt.  Put the date in your diary now!

April 27th, 2024 Museum of Army Flying

GBG Annual Golf Championships 2024

This year the Guild of Battlefield Guides celebrates its 22nd Anniversary and the 15th Year of its Annual Golf Championships at the John O’ Gaunt Club in Potton.  Each year a Guild Member presents a battlefield subject to all invited guests in the morning before the Championship commences.  This year’s talk is to be presented by Dudley Giles – Op Husky: The Invasion of Sicily and the campaign


0930 Hrs: Arrive for bacon rolls and coffee

1030 Hrs: Sicily Presentation

1200 Hrs: 18 Hole Stableford Full Handicap

1900 Hrs: Dinner & Prizes

Cost = Coffee and bacon rolls on arrival, Lunch, Golf, Dinner and prize levy is £75.

To attend please e-mail: James Davis  (james@jamesdavisphysio.co.uk)

August 14th, 2024 John O’Gaunts Golf Club

Guild Visit: Larkhill Royal Artillery Garrison, Wiltshire

The Venue

Larkhill has been used as a training area for the British Army since the first tented camp was established in 1899.  In 1914 the first wooden and permanent buildings were built, and the camp expanded rapidly through the First World War and years that followed.  A military light railway was established in 1915 to carry troops between the camps and training areas at Larkhill and nearby Bulford.  Between 1909 and 1914 there was an aerodrome at Stonehenge to explore military applications for balloons and the powered aircraft.  In the early 1930s the British Ordnance QF 25-pounder was developed and tested by the school of artillery at Larkhill.

In 1919 the Royal School of Artillery was established at Larkhill, and in 2003 the Headquarters for the Royal Artillery was moved from Woolwich in south-east London to the camp.

The garrison is currently made up the RA Headquarters, Royal School of Artillery and six Regiments of Gunners (including 14RA which is the training regiment for the artillery).  The Garrison Artillery Volunteers have the base at Larkhill where they research, restore and train on legacy artillery pieces and keep alive ‘reversionary means’ of firing guns – something that will become important in a future conflict if modern computer/GPS aided system were interdicted.

A temporary RA museum is housed in the historic aircraft hangers close to the camp, and the garrison is also home to an impressive collection of silver, paintings and other memorabilia in the Grade II listed Officer’s Mess and Garrison Church.

The Visit

The visit will include a tour of the (temporary) RA Museum, a presentation on military flying at Larkhill and viewing the ‘gatekeeper’ collection of historic guns, followed by lunch in the Officer’s Mess and a tour of the Mess's paintings and silver collection.  The afternoon activities will include a tour of current modern gunsheds and an introduction to the 105mm Light Gun, after which we will have a tour of historic gun sheds and a presentation on the work of the Garrison Artillery Volunteers before closing the visit with tea.  There is no cost for the day, but those attending would need to pay for their own lunch.

October 9th, 2024

Operation Market Garden – Guild Recce

The Guild will conduct a recce of the Operation Market Garden area from 1-3 November 2024.  During the recce we will visit known and lesser known locations along the Market Garden corridor, beginning at Joe's Bridge, going all the way up to and including Arnhem.  It will be fast paced to see as much as possible, to make it easier for you to plan your next battlefield tour.

The programme:

31 October: Arrival

1 November: Joe's Bridge. 30th Corps breakout and 101st Airborne battles along Hell's Highway

2 November: Nijmegen and the 82nd Airborne division

3 November: Arnhem and Driel, the 1st Airborne and the Polish para brigade

4 November: Departure

October 31st, 2024 - November 4th, 2024 The Netherlands

Guild Christmas Lunch 2024

A great opportunity to catch up at the end of the year; the Guild’s annual Christmas lunch will be held at the Union Jack Club, Sandell St, London SE1 8UJ (which is adjacent to Waterloo Station) on Friday 6 December.

The bar opens at 11.00 a.m. and members are asked to assemble for 12.30 for lunch at 12.45 when a three course lunch will be served.  The event is informal (lounge suits and equivalent for female members and guests) and offers members a convivial atmosphere to enjoy the company of others at the end of what is normally a long year of guiding.  The cost for the lunch this year will be published when known.

Full instructions will be sent to members and their guests joining the lunch in early November.

Members wishing to be attend should contact the organiser, Bob Shaw (rtnshaw@hotmail.com).

December 6th, 2024 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm Union Jack Club