|Sometimes we are asked for recommendations for
professional guides to the European Theater of
Operation. There are many qualified experts out
there but here are a few we know personally.
Remember, you are paying for a once-in-a-lifetime
experience that takes best advantage of YOUR
time and YOUR interests. We especially
recommend hiring a guide for veterans and their
families who want to trace their wartime
experience in Europe.
|Professional Guided Tours of WWII Sites in
Paul Woodadge of DDay Historian tours is probably the foremost tour
expert on the DDay area. His deep relationships with the veterans and
extensive knowledge make him the guy you see on documentaries! For this
reason his tours often book up a year in advance so don't delay if you're
planning a trip. He can also be reached on Facebook at "DDay Historian -
General Tours of the WWII ETO
Roland Gaul's Legacy Tours is a top-notch source for any Bulge tour, large
or small. Roland is an internationally-known WWII expert and a Luxembourg
native who grew up collecting artifacts in the Ardennes. As the founder of the
National Museum of Military History in Diekirch/Luxembourg, for decades
this author and historian interviewed the German and American vets who
fought in the Ardennes. Roland's experience and knowledge is extraordinary
and I highly recommend him - he knows the terrain! You can also contact him
on Facebook under "Gaul's Legacy Tours".
Patrick Hinchy with MilSpec Tours USA is an experienced guide with a
strong academic background who has worked with the Veterans of the Battle
of the Bulge (VBOB, now "BOBA") organization. Though Patrick usually
guides large groups, he can also be booked for smaller groups and families. He
can be contacted at email@example.com or through MilSpec Tours.
Normandy and the DDay Beaches
Bastogne (and the Battle of the Bulge)
Reg Jans concentrates on small group tours of Bastogne, and is an expert on
the action in that area. Over the last decade or two, he personally escorted
hundreds of vets over their old battleground, and it was Reg who arranged the
"Band of Brothers" reunion between the actors and the vets they portrayed.
This is another guide you'll see narrating WWII documentaries. His
"Battlemobile" 7 person van tours fill up fast - sometimes a year in advance,
so plan ahead. Contact him through his website www.regjans.com
The German, Belgian, and Luxembourg Perspectives
Contact us for guides if you have a special area of interest in the Belgium, Luxembourg, or
Rhineland/Pfalz area, or need to organize a military staff ride. We won't recommend anyone
likely to read off a Wikipedia reference!
If you're looking for a specialized "where did grandpa go?" tour, ex-pat USMC
guide Doug Mitchell is your man. He will design a tour based on your wants
and needs, and he and his wife Anita can even provide accommodations at his
bullet-scarred farm straddling the German/Belgium border! Doug's father-in-law
fought on the German side, so Doug is fluent in the language and an expert in
presenting the human factor in the Bulge. His special area of expertise is the
"fortified goose egg" around St Vith, and he is sometimes available on short
notice, too. Contact him on Facebook under "Doug Mitchell" or contact me for
his email and phone.