My passion for history

Maybe you loved history at school as much as I did, maybe you were told by your parents what living in a war was like or maybe you have been fighting in a war as a serviceman. In any case, you may find visiting battlefields as interesting as I do.

Despite reading many tragic stories reading about wars and battles my interest in this subject always remained. When travelling, I always look for historic places and if possible battlefields.

Over the years I have been to a larger number of battlefields like Verdun, Normandy, Arnhem, Malta and Bastogne.

I found a visit to a museum was always a good start for getting the big picture of the battle. Afterwards I wanted to visit other places and sites, offering a more detailed view of the battle. Sometimes I stumbled across some trenches, like in the Elzas (France) or near Foy (Belgium). On other trips, detailed sites were sometimes hard to find.

Your battlefield tour

Nowadays finding the right book is an easy task, but often I found there are not many ready to go ‘do it yourself’ packages’ for battlefield tours. I thought it would be a good idea to put some pieces of the puzzle together. Also this website pushes me to further study warfare in general.

Over the course of time I will bring you ‘packaged’ information about a battle, detailed battlefield trip kits, books for reference, and other information.

I am not historian, but I do our best to verify data and cross reference information. Despite of all efforts, I might not be right all the time. I am not liable for any incorrect information on this website. I would appreciate your insights and corrections, just contact me.

In the past I was still able to walk near some uncleared minefields, so

Be careful when visiting battlefields, don’t touch unexploded materials or any other materials which might be dangerous.

Be respectful for whatever you may encounter. A battlefield is no cheap souvenir shop, but I hope you enjoy your trip.

If you feel your trip is a story to be shared with other battlefield tourers, or if you took a great photo, please contact me. Historicbattlefieldtours.com is the perfect place to share it. Send me your the story, with photo’s as possible (5 at maximum).

If you are a war veteran and you want to share your personal story with the world, I would be happy to hear from you. Please make sure the information you share is declassified! I don’t want you to get into all kinds of legal problems and neither do I.

Also, you might be planning a sunday stroll to a site, like a deserted airfield, or visit a cemetary, or a museum. If you wanna share your walk/visit, I will try to accomodate you. Please drop me a line on the contact page with: Your name, the museum or site your will visit, place and country, and the local time. I’ll share it with others in our calendar.

Finally, my website enables you to buy books, dvd’s and other stuff to plan and enjoy your tour. A part of the proceeds will be donated to charity or to a museum. Please enter your vote for the charity of your choice.

Finally, I hope you enjoy my website. If you do I, please like my page on Facebook.

With kind regards,

Frank Olberts, The Netherlands