Battle of Normandy Tours
Battle of Normandy Tours
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A Private Military Tour Guide service for Personalized tours of the D-Day Landing Beaches and other Second World War Battle sites in Normandy
Bayeux, Basse-Normandie, France

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Gary A
3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
I had registered for a group tour (which was very informative) however I wanted a deeper dive into the days after D-Day. Ed did not disappoint, and he exceeded my expectations. Ed has an encyclopedic knowledge of WW2 and I tried to soak up as much as I could in our half day together. Ed even spent time before I arrived in France researching, and then educating me about my mother's cousin who was killed in August 1944. He shared fascinating details about his duties as a 1st Lt 32nd Ordinance Bomb Disposal Squad leader.
Communication with Ed in the months before my trip was good, with a few days between email responses (which was fine). We did speak on the phone several times as well.
I hope to return to France someday, and when I do I'll absolutely be reaching out to Ed for longer tour (3-4 days would be amazing).
Thank you Ed!

Expert in WW2 history
Native English speaker
Excellent communicator
Would definitely book again
Advise to book early

Written 24 November 2023
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Sue Ellen S
2 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Edward is an excellent guide. He is incredibly well informed about all things DDay, but even more, his presentation style and ability to connect with the individuals on a particular tour are superb.
Written 6 September 2023
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Adam Holloway
1 contribution
Sept 2022 • Friends
Ed's extensive knowledge and sense of humour made this an unforgettable couple of days as we traversed the Normandy area. We took in the US sectors and a special trip to Villers Bocage. Do yourself a favour and get Ed to show you the D-Day sights others don't.
Written 31 August 2023
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Sharon E
Scottsdale, AZ2 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
We were extremely pleased with Ed. He has more facts and information than we have seem in documentaries or read in books. Little things like the ammunition, firing positions, who went where when and how. We never understood certain things about the Rangers, Paratroopers or beach landings until Ed explained the finer points. If you like the Hollywood version, find someone else. If you want facts and understanding, this is your guide. You will have a great time and actually learn some things.
Written 15 May 2023
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6Gary C
Cocoa Beach, FL197 contributions
Nov 2022
Looking for a D-Day or WWII tour? Found this site? Look no further and just book Ed right away.

Ed can talk like no other with a broad mix of facts, figures, history, photos, interpretations all dispersed with his own brand Irish-French whit.

My wife and I gained knowledge of the events, an understanding of the soldiers (all of them) and, most importantly, a desire to learn more and to book a future tour with Ed. The only thing that would have improved the experience was to continue into the evening for some stout and whisky.

Note, I have done about a dozen private guide tours and this was in the top 2 experiences and the only guide I would definitely book again.
Written 21 November 2022
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Wayne L
Arlington, VA8 contributions
Sept 2022 • Family
My son and I toured with Ed Robinson for two days.
Ed is very knowledgeable, articulate and personable.
This is the perfect combination for an interesting and delightful tour.
Ed is quite the raconteur and he delights with his background stories and perspectives on military strategies.
We also gained insight on the logistical challenges of D Day and beyond
The touring moves at a nice pace and he interspersed it with photos from
1944.
Written 3 September 2022
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Sean M
4 contributions
Jul 2022
Ed Robinson is to history tours what Freddie Mercury was to rock music -- once you've seen him do it *this* well, it'll totally revolutionize the genre, blowing your prior expectations to smithereens. Ed gives tours with the dedication to his craft of a chess grandmaster. We joined Ed for an all-day tour in which we covered the paratrooper landings around St.-Mere-Eglise, Omaha Beach, and Gold Beach; I wish we could've spent two weeks with him. His knowledge of the intricacies of the battles is beyond encyclopedic because he knows facts not contained in any encyclopedia, facts observable in the landscape itself, such as the precise trajectory a bullet must've taken to make a particular dent in a railing -- which he'll show you! -- meaning it must've been fired from a paratrooper's sidearm as he descended, in midair -- that sort of thing. He brings a box full of large photographs which he'll use to narrate various aspects of the battles while having you stand in the exact spot where the photo was taken for a really immersive experience. The stories he tells while driving from place to place in his van are engrossing. He also knows the location of each and every bunker, gun battery, trench, machine gun nest, flooded field, hedgerow, glider landing site, river lock, and temporary airfield relevant to the battle for Normandy, and he weaves that information together into a fascinating narrative over the course of the tour. He'll answer any question you have and he may even try to take you shrapnel-hunting. I've been a history nerd for over twenty years and have entire bookcases at home dedicated to the Second World War, and I was learning something new from Ed every minute of the day. In short: Book Ed. There is nobody better. And he's a nice and funny guy, to boot. You'll love spending a day (or more!) with him.
Written 18 July 2022
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Eagle25251
Alexandria, VA2 contributions
Jun 2022
This was the Third time being guided by Edward Robinson. I, as a former Historical Interpretive National Park Ranger with 9 years’ experience and a retired LTC with the US Army, can easily say that Ed Robinson is best guide I have ever had the opportunity to associate with.
I have asked for Ed’s assistance on three tours: 2004, 2014, and again in 2021. He has always answered the questions ask in a professional manner with either the answer immediately or he was quick to find the information for us. This last tour lasted about 8 days over two weeks. We covered not just the landings but also followed the major elements of the allies until the completion of the Falaise Pocket. We have completely studied the landings. We followed the American, Polish, Canadian, and British troops, and the German responses, through the battles of Caen, Saint-Lo, Villers-Bocage, Mortain, Patton’s advance, and the bridges of Falaise Pocket. Ed also gave me insight to the equipment used by both sides. He then made the link between the equipment and tactics used on the ground.
Ed primary techniques to educate us was twofold. First, he used letter size photos combined with having me stand in exact locations of interest to show me and engulf me in the battle. Second, he added artifacts, his own research, and/or stories from interviews he has done to give expert testimony (Often from participants in the battle) to help me get a full understand of the human element of the events.
To add even more to the experience, ED has taken me on metal detecting excursions. We found shrapnel and bullet fragments. Again, Ed used his great wealth of knowledge to figure out were troops of both sides fought or stayed to look for their artifacts.

Combine all the above, while driving around in his van and you have the Ed Robinson Tour Experience. The best tour / guide in Normandy.
Written 3 June 2022
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ROBERT L
1 contribution
Oct 2021
I wanted to visit Normandy to see where my father landed. Our tour guide, Thierry, asked for any information I might have about my father. After giving him my fathers battalion and company numbers, he was able to piece tougher information about my father that was invaluable to our family. Two weeks before the invasion, my father was transferred to a heavy artillery unit from the 101 infantry unit. If he stayed attached to the 101, he most likely would not have lived pasted June 6th, 1944.
With that said, Thierry was articulate, precise with every detail about that day. His presentation was totally on target. We can't thank him enough for such an educational Experience....Thank you Thierry......Robert Laimo
Written 8 November 2021
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Bart
2 contributions
Aug 2021
I asked for a tour that would focus on US troops, and cover not just the landing but also the weeks that followed. My nine year old called it her "best day in France" (including all her pool days!). Ed is an interesting man himself: tour guide, expert bee keeper, formerly Irish military (sharpshooter), studied forensic ballistics... and an encyclopedic knowledge of military history ( he discussed battles in Manchuria with ease...!). The tour was expertdly organized. Ed has clearly put great effort into his research of pictures, locations, details of persons and battles, etc and seemingly effortlessly pulls it together chronologically while driving you in his comfortable and spacious van. Ed took us across Omaha beach, and really opened our eyes to what happened (not quite like in Saving Private Ryan), but no less unteresting. Ed brings along picturs taken at the time and asks you t stand a certain place, and face a certain location. With the photos and his excellent storytelling, he takes you back to 1944 in a way that you will not forget. When we went inland, it was no less interesting. Ed took us from the beach, following several events that led to the capture of Saint Lo. Ed shows the country side and locations, tells the stories, but we also went looking for shrapnell which was surprisingly easy to find - once Ed told us where to look... It was truly a wonderful day, and I highly recommend!
Written 21 August 2021
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