Graeme Cooper

Accredited Guide Number: 7

Graeme a battlefield guiding since 1995 operates his family run Essex based business ‘Cooper’s Waterloo Tours’ which specialises in tailored tours to the Napoleonic Campaign battlefields of the Peninsular War and Waterloo. 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 Napoleonic Campaigns was sparked during his time as a cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst by his tutors, the late and renowned military historians and authors, Professor Richard Holmes and Dr David Chandler. His ancestral grandfather John Cooper fought at Waterloo in 1815 with the 7th Hussars. In WW2 Graeme’s father Johnny Cooper was David Stirling’s navigator in ‘L’ Detachment SAS. Graeme was the driving force behind the creation of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides in November 2002. Since his original idea, the Guild has grown to International status and has set the benchmark for many who have passed its quality validation programme. Graeme was the Guild Secretary until November 2009 when he became the first member to be elected to the Roll of Honour for his services to the Guild. He is currently the Guild’s historian and organizes the Guild’s annual ‘Badged Guides Dinner’ and ‘Annual Guild Golf Championships’.

In May 2006 he established Corporate Battlefields Ltd, a leadership training company for corporate management and has since delivered to senior global management teams from eBay, Boeing, London Fire Brigade, Lilly, Brother UK, HSBC, Parliamentarians, the NATO Secretary General and others on the battlefields of Waterloo, Salamanca, Isandlwana, Normandy D-Day Beaches and Naseby.

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 and his wife Alison live in Essex and have a son and daughter who commissioned through Sandhurst. Graeme enjoys golf, photography, chess and telemark skiing. Graeme’s testimonials declare his standards.

“Graeme Cooper is the master story-teller. You stand with him in a green field, but when he speaks you see a battlefield before you.” – Adam Holloway MP


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Adult Coach GroupsLeadership & Management TrainingCorporate ToursMilitary & Veteran

Areas of Expertise

Wars covered:

  • Napoleonic Wars
  • Great War
  • WW2 – Normandy 1944 D-Day & Inland Battles – Norway 1940 Campaign

Areas of expertise:

Napoleonic battles:

  • 1800 Passage of the Alps and Marengo
  • 1805 Austerlitz Campaign
  • 1809 Campaign (Aspern – Essling & Wagram)
  • 1815 Waterloo Campaign (Quatre Bras, Ligny, Wavre, Charleroi)
  • 1807-13 Wellington’s Peninsular battles: Spain – Talavera, Almaraz, Alcantara, Coa, Almeida Siege, Fuentes de Onoro, Ciudad Rodrigo Siege, Badajoz Siege, Albuera, Salamanca, Vittoria. Portugal – Rolica, Vimeiro, Torres Vedras, Bussaco, Oporto
  • 1813-14 Wellington’s Pyrenees battles. Maya, Sorauren, Roncesvalles, Sans Sebastian Siege, Nive, Bidassoa, Nivelle, St Pierre, Tarbes, Orthez, Bayonne




Other specialisms:

Pictorial Presentations:

‘Waterloo – ‘A close run thing’…

Remarkable for its intensity, the campaign endured four great battles in as many days, the climax at Waterloo of which, dramatic by any standard, saw the demise of France, the thrust of Britain into greater empire and the downfall of the greatest military leader of modern time.

‘Touring European Battlefields’…

Touring the battlefields of Europe. The intrigue of battlefields and some of the amazing stories and truths they reveal.

‘The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’ …

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, its history, legacy and the fascination and it generates in over 23.000 war cemeteries.

‘The Devil’s Paintbrush’ –

The Battle of the Somme – The Slaughter battlefield’

‘Battlefield Guiding Today’…

Touring battlefields successfully today primarily depends on one factor… ‘The quality of the Guide’. The profession of battlefield guiding, its craft, customer care and the requirement for the story teller to present what he or she believes is the truth.

‘Napoleon’s Waterloo’ …

The 1815 Waterloo Campaign

‘In the footstep of Nosey’ –

Wellington and the Peninsular War

‘Salamanca’ –

Wellington’s masterpiece battle of 1812

‘When horses were heroes’ –

The role of the horse in war and conflict

‘Memory Lane with Johnny Cooper SAS’ –

The exploits of the Special Air Service Regiment in World War II are legendary and full of intrigue and fame. Eighteen-year-old Johnny Cooper volunteered for the SAS in 1941 and became one of “The Originals” raised by David Stirling to conduct operations behind enemy lines. Johnny took part in various raids in North Africa; collaborated with the Maquis in France and helped liberate Belsen with its horrific secret behind the wire.