Simon Burgess

Accredited Guide Number: 108

Simon is a serving Army officer and qualified as a badged guide in May 2020.

He originally served in the Royal Air Force before leaving to pursue a career in the oil industry, and also serving as a reserve officer. Rather to his surprise he ended up joining the Regular Army 7 years ago.

Simon has served on operations in Gulf War 1, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq (where he ran Basrah Fire Brigade) and twice as an aviation planner in Afghanistan (including with the US Marine Corps).

He has served as the Operations Officer in the Attack Helicopter Force HQ and is currently the aviation specialist in the Collective Training Group at the Land Warfare Centre. He delivers training to brigade and division HQs particularly in the use of aviation and air land integration.

Simon has been visiting the battlefields for several years and has led a number of small group tours.

He is particularly interested in Normandy in WW2 and in all aspects of air power in WW2 and WW1.

He is also passionate about the American Civil War particularly Gettysburg and the Eastern theatre battles.

 

Battles

Normandy CampaignWWINormandy Preparations in UKWWIIAmerican Civil WarBattle of the SommeYpresNormandy LandingsOperation OVERLORD

Countries

United States of AmericaBelgiumFranceUnited Kingdom

Caters For

Battlefield StudiesStaff RidesBespoke GroupClubs and SocietiesFamiliesIndividualsMilitary & VeteranSchool GroupsSmall Groups

Areas of Expertise

WW2 – Normandy landing beaches and Battle of Normandy generally,  particularly British 6 Airborne Division. US landing beaches and airborne operations. Operation Goodwood, Epsom and the break-out from Caen.

Royal Air Force in Normandy.

WW2 Royal Air Force, Battle of Britain and Bomber Command.

WW1 – Somme and Ypres.

Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force in WW1.

American Civil War, Battle of Gettysburg and the Eastern theatre (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville etc).