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Battle of Normandy Tours

Bayeux, France
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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
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kruidkoek wrote a review Oct 2020
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Went on a tour with Ed. My friend and i were impressed by his knowledge. Great tour. Very much recommended. A five star tour. Niek Hendrix
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Date of experience: September 2020
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DocVoyageur22 wrote a review Nov 2019
Louisville, Kentucky1 contribution
I'm a little late writing my review, but even 2 summers later, our tour of the Normandy area has stayed with my family & made a huge impact on us. My kids were 14, 11 & 6 at the time of our trip, and my uncle & cousin traveled with us (his father fought in the second wave at Normandy), and my husband & I. Edward & I communicated several times before our trip & he was able to find information about my great uncle & his unit, including photos of my great uncle that we had never seen before! He took us to the primary beaches at Pont du Hoc & Omaha as well as several surrounding areas that told the story of the day (spoiler alert: it isn't what you think. Spielberg didn't present it accurately!). He also took us to an area where my great uncle's unit was, which was quite an emotional (and lovely) surprise for us all. Edward was very entertaining--he told the story in an engaging way that kept all of our interest. My kids still talk about things they learned along our tour & my middle child has become a huge history buff since our Normandy visit. There were many somber moments; there were some tears shed; and we all laughed quite a bit too. It was a wonderful tour, and I would highly recommend Edward as your tour guide.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Christopher P wrote a review Nov 2019
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We spent two days with Ed (4 Adults) and my only regret is that we did not book the entire week with him! He really worked hard to work in our entire itinerary ... which was ambitious to say the least. Moreover I thought I knew about D-Day and Normandy but Ed made me realize just how little I really UNDERSTOOD about DDay and Normandy. One cannot really know about the battlefield until you walk the battlefield and you need a very knowledgeable guide to help with that or you are wasting precious time. Ed take you to where you really need to go. He then walks the land with you and will thoroughly educate you while entertaining you. He really made our entire trip! We are already trying to plan a trip back just for the experience to spend more time with this fantastic guide... he was simply that good!!!! Ed has earned our highest possible and enthusiastic endorsement as a first rate Military historian and guide!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Joe S wrote a review Sep 2019
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Ed provides and extremely comprehensive, on the ground experience. It's not only his knowledge and depth of understanding but he is extremely entertaining with period photos and maps and stories of individual contributions we hadn't read about. Our only regret is we could not spend more than the two full days we had reserved.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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ez2pls411 wrote a review Jul 2019
Albany, New York30 contributions8 helpful votes
I found Ed Robinson on the internet and the review of his website told me he could give me the tour I wanted. My father was a US Army infantry officer in World War 2. Like many of his generation he never spoke of the war. It was over and it was time to put it behind him and move on. I knew he was in the Ninth Infantry Division and fought in the Battle or Normandy (and other European Theater battles until the end of the war) though his unit was brought in after the D-Day landings. Following his death I got his copy of a book titled, Eight Stars to Victory, which was a history of his division in the war. In it my dad had highlighted certain passages and made some notes in the margin especially related to the Normandy campaign. In reading the book I learned that he had been in the third battalion (appoximately 800 soldiers at the time) of the 47th Regiment of the Ninth Infantry Division. At his request I forwarded this information to Edward as well as some geographical areas and battles noted in my father's book. Please note that this information was in several emails over several months. Well the day of our tour arrived and my wife and I met Edward at our hotel in Bayeux. He had a stack of daily battle and troop deployment maps and photos about 2 inches thick completely related to not only my father's division but all the way down to his battalion (as noted earlier about 800 soldiers.) The amount of time he spent researching the material had to have been incredible. We then started our tour in his van at about 9:30 AM and finished at about 5:00 PM. He took us to every place my dad had fought including Cherbourg, the hedgerow country and the place where the Americans were able to break out of Normandy at the end of July, St Lo. My dad had noted a place apparently listed on military maps in 1944, central to his division's location and where it had repulsed a German counterattack, La Charlemenarie. Well that place was not easy to find but Edward determined where it might be based upon the history of the counterattack. He found it! Today it is just a small intersection of a dead end road about 150 yards long with two houses on it. My wife and I were so impressed with not only his research but his ability to explain the Battle of Normandy and his overall knowledge of World War 2 and the US Army's history in that conflict. He was a wonderful guide and a pleasure with which to spend a day
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Date of experience: July 2019
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