Iain Standen

Accredited Guide Number: 24

Iain Standen is CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, the organisation that runs Bletchley Park the historic site of secret British code breaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer.

A former Regular Army officer in the Royal Corps of Signals, he served in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Cyprus, as well as on operational deployments to Northern Ireland (where he was Mentioned in Despatches), Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Iraq. He commanded at troop, squadron, unit and group level, graduated from the Army Staff College and served in a range of staff appointments. This extensive military experience allows him to provide a wide–ranging soldier’s insight on his battlefield tours.

As the son of an RAF officer and the grandson of an Army officer it could be said that the military and military history are in his blood. His interest in battlefields stretches back to his childhood, and he visited his first, Bosworth Field, over 30 years ago. Since then he has toured the battlefields of the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and the United States, covering battles and campaigns from the Seven Years War to the Second World War. Whilst maintaining a broad interest in a range of campaigns, the American Civil War remains his favourite era. He began leading military battlefield tours with the troops under his command in 1987 and led military tours and staff rides throughout his Army career.

Iain has been working commercially for Anglia Battlefield Tours since 2001 and has guided tours for them on the battlefields of Waterloo, Ypres, Somme and Normandy.

He is a member of the American Civil War Roundtable (United Kingdom) and lectures on American Civil War subjects. He also maintains an interest in military history and battlefield preservation through membership of The Battlefields Trust, the Western Front Association and the Civil War Preservation Trust. He was an early member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (member number 28) and completed his Validation in August 2006.


Battle of MindenBull RunWWIAmerican War of IndependenceAntietamGettysburgWaterlooMonocacyNapoleonAmerican Civil WarFranco-Prussian WarBattle of the SommeMeuse-ArgonneVerdunYpres


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Areas of Expertise

Wars covered:

  • American Civil War
  • Franco-Prussian War
  • First World War

Areas of expertise:

  • Battle of Minden 1759
  • Battle of Waterloo 1815
  • American Civil War
  • Bull Run 1861 & 1862
  • Antietam 1862
  • Gettysburg 1863
  • Monocacy 1864

First World War:

  • Ypres 1914 – 1918
  • Somme 1916
  • Verdun 1916
  • Meuse-Argonne 1918

Other specialisms:

Public speaking on many of the battles listed above, as well as Bletchley Park and related
intelligence matters.