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

FulfordSluysTalaveraCharleroiIsandlwanaVimy RidgeLeningrad (St Petersburg)Middle AgesStanford BridgePoitiersAlmarazRorke's DriftVillers-BretonneuxMoscowWWIAgincourtHastingsFuentes de OnoroEshoweGallipoliStalingrad (Volgograd)WWIIWaterlooAnglo/Zulu WarCiudad RodrigoGingindlovuSinai and Palestine CampaignNapoleonArrasLignyCrecyBadajozHlobaneBastogneAubers RidgeBritish Colonial ConflictsSalamancaUlundiOperation VERITABLEQuatre BrasNorman Conquest of EnglandVittoriaSicilyWavreThe 100 Years WarAnzioThe Great Patriotic WarBattle of the SommeWellington’s Peninsular battlesKurskBattle of AmiensBullecourtCambraiArnhemFromellesBattle of the BulgeLe HamelCassinoMessinesD-DayMeuse-ArgonneMonsDieppeDunkirkPasschendaeleVerdunYpresNormandy LandingsOperation BerlinOperation Market GardenReichswald ForestRhine CrossingSalernoScheldt Estuary - Breskens Pocket & Walcheren

Countries

LuxembourgIsraelAfricaEnglandSouth AfricaEastern EuropeWalesBelgiumPolandWestern EuropeMiddle EastScotlandEuropeTurkeyFranceGermanyGreeceRussiaItalyNetherlandsUnited Kingdom

Caters For

Bespoke GroupGroup TypesClubs and SocietiesCollege GroupsCorporate ToursFamiliesMilitary & VeteranSchool GroupsSmall Groups

Areas of Expertise

Areas of expertise:

  •  In The Footsteps ® Genealogy Tours
  • Battlefield Studies
  • Staff Rides

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:

  • Team Building
  • Leadership Training