About us


BIRD BATTLEFIELD TOURS was founded by Tony and Nicky Bird 25 years ago. Both were educated at Winchester College. Antony studied sociology at Exeter University, has an MPhil from University College, London and became a town planner and later a book publisher. He has written on the Battle of Le Cateau (26 Aug 1914) – Gentlemen, We Will Stand and Fight: Le Cateau 1914 [Crowood]. Nicky read art history at Sussex University, joined the auctioneers Christie’s and subsequently the Victoria and Albert Museum where he was the publisher.

Both became interested in military history and battlefields while staying with French families in the mid-60s, and learning about the effects of war and occupation from their hosts. Their father is a much-decorated veteran of Alamein and the Western Desert. Nicky is a member of the Royal United Services Institute, an Associate Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and was elected to Council of the Society for Army Historical Research. He has written for numerous journals. Both brothers are interested in the strategic, tactical and social history of war, as well as the anorak stuff about things that go bang, and promise themselves not to bang on too much at dinner, but do not always succeed. They co-edited ‘Voices from the Front Line: Words from the Field of Human Conflict’ (Summersdale, 2008) – an anthology of ‘powerful writing about war’.


The tours are always informal, with no risk of being lectured to death. You will stay at hotels of character and lunch and dine very comfortably. You will find that your fellow enthusiasts will vary from the knowledgeable to first-time battlefield tourists.


We visit many of the major European sites, including YPRES (Menin Gate ceremony above), SOMME, LOOS, VIMY, D-DAY BEACHES, NORMANDY, FALAISE and WATERLOO. We also go to GALLIPOLI and CAPORETTO (now in Slovenia) and have art tours to BRUGES, VENICE, ROME (with MONTE CASSINO) and VICENZA (for Palladian villas) and have a WINE & WAR tour to CHAMPAGNE. In England we have a tour of WW2 BOMBER BASES, both US and British. We have a GREAT WAR POETS TOUR which visits sites where poets like Owen and Sassoon fought.

Private tours

BIRD BATTLEFIELD TOURS are happy to escort private parties of families, friends, societies or organisations to the battlefields and sites of their choice. Tell us what you wish to see and how long you have and we will make all the arrangements.
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‘…You should go to the past, looking not for messages or warnings, but simply to be humbled by the weight of human experience that has preceded the brief flicker of your own few days…’

Another World, Pat Barker, 1998




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BIRD BATTLEFIELD TOURS reserves the right to make reasonable changes in the itinerary as deemed necessary for the comfort, instruction and well being of the passengers.