Ian Gumm

Accredited Guide Number: 62

Ian Gumm is the founder and CEO of In The Footsteps, a leading independent battlefield tour operator, as well as a full-time battlefield historian and guide. He has led tours since 1998 and has visited the battlefield of the Norman Conquest, the Hundred Years War, the Napoleonic Wars, the Anglo-Zulu War, the First World War, the Second World War … and much more.

“Touring the battlefield is my passion, it is what I love to do and I feel extremely privileged to be able to escort people around the battlefields of the world visiting some of the most important historical sites that have shaped the world in which we live.”

Ian served in the British Army as a Reservist for thirty-six years during which time he commanded B (Rorke’s Drift) Company of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Wales; commanded the Regimental Contingent at the affiliation parade with 121 South African Infantry Battalion (a Zulu Battalion) in South Africa; was the officer responsible for training all junior and potential officers in Wales and was the staff officer responsible for the First World War Centenary Commemorations for Wales.

His experience, gained both on the battlefield and with the British Army, allows him to add a soldier’s perspective and paint the picture of a battle on the canvas of the countryside. This enhances your tour experience, as Ian is not only able to impart an understanding of the history, but also a feel for the men who fought the battle and the ground over which they were fought.

“So whether you are ‘following in the footsteps’ of an ancestor or relative on a genealogy tour; ‘following in the footsteps of heroes’ on a more general tour or retracing the steps of a military unit or formation on a battlefield study or staff ride you can be sure that Ian will deliver an experience that will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.”

As an Accredited Member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides, Ian endeavours to maintain the high standards, both in terms of service and good practice, that are commensurate with the Guild’s ethos. In addition to being an Accredited Member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides, Ian is a member of the Western Front Association, the Last Post Association and a registered tour guide with the European Tour Operators Association.

As well as leading battlefield tours Ian delivers interesting and informative military history talks and presentations to professional organisations, businesses, clubs, societies and other groups, small or large.

Battles

HolocaustFall of FrancePoitiersFall of BerlinEdward I’s conquest of North WalesUS Operations on the Western Front 1917 - 1918Battle of LewesFulfordSluysTalaveraCharleroiIsandlwanaVimy RidgeMiddle AgesStanford BridgePoitiersAlmarazRorke's DriftVillers-BretonneuxBosworthWWIAgincourtBritish Civil WarsHastingsFuentes de OnoroEshoweGallipoliWWIIWaterlooAnglo/Zulu WarCiudad RodrigoGingindlovuTowtonNapoleonArrasLignyCrecyBadajozHlobaneBastogneAubers RidgeBritish Colonial ConflictsHastings CampaignSalamancaUlundiOperation VERITABLEBapaumeQuatre BrasNorman Conquest of EnglandVittoriaSicilyBattle of The AisneWavreThe 100 Years WarAnzioBattle of Lys & Op BlucherWaterloo CampaignBattle of the SommeWellington’s Peninsular battlesBattle of AmiensBullecourtBattle of AnzioThe War of the Seventh CoalitionCambraiArdennesDellville WoodArnhemFestubertArrasFromellesAuschwitzHindenburg LineBattle of the BulgeLe HamelLoosCassinoLudendorff OffensivesMessinesD-DayMeuse-ArgonneMonsDieppeNeuve ChappelleDunkirkOperation MichelEindhoven & NijmegenPasschendaelePolygon WoodRetreat to the MarneSambre CrossingLiberation of HollandVerdunKrakowYpresNormandy LandingsVimyOperation BerlinOperation Market GardenOperation AVALANCHEOperation HUSKYOperation INFATUATEOperation JUBILEEOperation SHINGLEOperation PLUNDEROperation OVERLORDReichswald ForestRhine CrossingSalernoScheldt Estuary - Breskens Pocket & Walcheren

Countries

LuxembourgAfricaEnglandSouth AfricaAustriaEastern EuropeWalesBelgiumPolandWestern EuropeScotlandEuropeTurkeyFranceGermanyGreeceItalyNetherlandsPortugalSpainUnited Kingdom

Caters For

Battlefield StudiesStaff RidesAdult Coach GroupsBattlefield WalksBespoke GroupCultural ToursGroup TypesClubs and SocietiesEvening PresentationsCollege GroupsLeadership & Management TrainingCorporate ToursLong ToursFamiliesSelf-drive ToursIndividualsShort ToursMilitary & VeteranPilgrimage GroupsSchool GroupsSmall Groups

Areas of Expertise

Second World War

Western Europe

· Fall of France and Dunkirk 1940
· Dieppe 1942
· D-Day and the Battle of Normandy
· Allied landing in Provence – Operation Dragoon
· The Lorraine Campaign
· Operation Market Garden
· Battle of the Scheldt
· Liberation of North Brabant
· British and American Rhine Crossings
· Battle of the Bulge
· Fall of Berlin
· Band of Brothers

Italian Campaign

· Sicily – Operation Husky
· Salerno – Operation Avalanche
· Anzio – Operation Shingle
· Monte Cassino
· Ortona

First World War

Western Front

· Ypres Salient 1914 – 1918
· Mons and the Great Retreat
· The Forgotten Battles of 1915 – Neuve-Chappelle, Festubert, Aubers Ridge and Loos
· Battle of Verdun
· Battle of the Somme 1916
· Battle of Arras 1917 – Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt
· Cambrai 1917
· Kaiserschlacht – The German Spring Offensive
· The last hundred days
· ANZACS on the Western Front
· Canadians on the Western Front
· America in the First World War

Gallipoli

British Colonial Conflicts

Anglo-Zulu War 1879 – Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Inyezane, Eshowe, Intombe, Hlobane, Kambula, Gingindlovu, and Ulundi

Napoleonic Wars:

· Peninsula War – Talavera, Fuentes de Onoro, Albuera, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca and Vitoria
· Waterloo Campaign – Charleroi, Ligny, Quatre Bras, Waterloo and Wavre

Wars of the Middle Ages:

· Norman Conquest of England – Fulford, Stanford Bridge and Hastings
· Hundred Years War – Sluys, Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt
· War of the Roses

Presentations and Historical Talks:

· The Day of the Dead Moon — The 24th Regiment at Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.
· The First Battle of Ypres
· The First Day of the Battle of the Somme
· The Battle of Mametz Wood
· The Battle of the Pilckem Ridge
· The Kaiserschlacht – The Kaiser’s Battle
· Tunnellers of Holzminden
· Life in the Trenches
· D-Day, 6th June 1944
· The Liberation of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Holland
· Operation Veritable

Other Specialisms:

· Genealogy Tours
· Battlefield Studies
· Staff Rides
· Management Development
· Leadership Training
· Team Building