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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, and our Guild President  is the award-winning historian and author, Dr. Spencer Jones. 

NEW – 9th March 2022 – Chairman’s Statement on the War in Ukraine – Click here

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Search for a battlefield guide. Find an accredited battlefield guide who can help you to explore the battlefields – search by campaign, battle, or country.

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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

Commando and Ranger Event

This event will study the creation and reformation of the WW2 Commando and Ranger units and their notable missions from WW2 to their role today.  Based in scenic Scotland at Achnacarry, it will also study the SOE paramilitary training at Arisaig House (and surrounding estates) and will feature the usual dinner and quiz night, pertinent memento and plenty of 'hands on' for those that want to, on demolitions, booby traps, survival, camouflage and concealment, elimination of sentries and weapon handling.  Those interested please contact Robert Shaw on rtnshaw@hotmail.com and remember (to quote the commando recruiting slogan) - 'It's a state of mind'!

September 16 - 19, 2022

Visit to the Tower of London

The evening starts at 1925 when everyone meets at the main gate (West Gate) of the Tower where I will meet you.  I will then take you on a tour of the Tower which will last an hour before retiring to the Yeoman Warders Bar, The Keys, for refreshment.  I normally conduct a raffle but this is up to you, it’s certainly not compulsory.  At 2130 we go back outside for me to brief you on the ancient Ceremony of The Keys and we then watch it before returning to the Bar for 2205.  Everyone must be clear of the Tower by 2345 as the pedestrian gates are secured at midnight.  It’s an enjoyable evening in a remarkable historic venue and we are by far the cheapest bar in town!
 
The dress for the night is jacket, shirt, tie, trousers and shoes for the gents (basically no jeans, trainers, t-shirts) and smart casual for the ladies.  My advice would be for the ladies to not wear heels as the cobbles can prove challenging!  It’s a cash only bar, we haven’t quite caught up with the modern world yet but at £3 a pint you won’t need a huge amount.  We sell a good selection of gifts such as wine glasses, decanters and cuff links which may necessitate more cash if guests are interested in these. 
 
We can take up to 60 but I’m always very flexible on this.  The more of us there is, the better the evening in my experience.
October 28th, 2022 @ 7:25 pm - 11:45 pm Tower of London

Annual Conference & AGM

The Guild’s Annual Conference has been postponed until 2023. The details will be circulated when available

 

January 27 - 29, 2023 Milton Keynes