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Battle Honours Ltd

Battle Honours Ltd

 

History, Education, Remembrance

Battle Honours are the UK's leading company offering walking battlefield tours. With the ability and experience to arrange battlefield tours for groups of all sizes, the current program contains new battlefield tours to new destinations and new walks to old favourites ensuring there is something for every battlefield tour walker over the coming years. All battlefield tours will be led by at least one badged member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides, the bench mark in quality when choosing your battlefield tour. Lead guides Julian Whippy and Clive Harris are renowned for their unbounded enthusiasm, passion and vast knowledge of their subject. With their military and police backgrounds together, with 20 years of combined guiding experience you will be in safe hands whilst on your pilgrimage or battlefield tour.

Here, Digger talks to Clive Harris at Battle Honours.

 

Clive Harris

Clive Harris


 

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Digger: Hello Clive.  

Clive: Hi David, how are you?  

Digger: Very well thanks. And you?  

Clive: Not too bad. Itís school sports day for my son today.  

Digger: Exciting times! Are they allowed to compete these days?  

Clive: They are actually. And even allowed to win at our school.  

Digger: Thatís good. Iíve heard some funny stories about schools being P.C. these days. In my day, we had the sack race, the egg and spoon race and the two-legged race and we were all in it to win it.  

Clive: Iím in middle England now and weíre very much allowed to cheer and to compete and things like that.  

Digger: Good. I heard one story where children ran a race up to the winning line and then stopped dead because nobody had explained that they were supposed to run through it!  

Clive: Yes, we went through the period where everyoneís feelings had to be taken into account all of the time. But we saw the product of that out in south Africa recently didnít we? (Englandís World Cup fiasco) Thereís no pride or effort, really.  

Digger: Donít get me started about the football! The other day on the news they were trying to explain the dismal performance and they suggested: ďIs it because the manager is no good? Is it because the players donít play together enough and are too tired with our long seasons? Is it because the structure of football in this country, and the vast number of overseas players that are here,  doesnít allow the local talent to develop?Ē And so on. And, of course, itís all of those things and more.  

Clive: Yes, absolutely. We just have to get on with our lives and then, as from August, seeing the same faces telling us what energy drink can you make you best while theyíre picking up £30,000 a week.  

Digger: £5 million Capello is on and at last nightís press conference heís saying, in his clipped unintelligible English, that he has been approached by other teams but would like to continue as England manager! Of course he would for £5 million. He should be on a small salary and then a bonus depending on how far they get. Or not.  

Clive:  Iíd have thought FIFA should be saying that if youíre England then you should have an English manager, just like you have English players.  

Digger: Yes, and itís not a racist thing.  

Clive: Of course itís not, itís about your country's football. It has to be an English manager and an English team.  

Digger: There are some obvious names like Redknapp or even Beckham.  

Clive: Iíd rather we went there with Redknapp and under-performed than went there and did well with a foreign coach because my Scottish friends wouldnít let me forget it if we won with a foreign coach.  

Digger: To the questions thenÖ What is your background and how did Battle Honours come into being? 

Clive: I come from a military family and my family has always been in the military. So I tended not to concentrate at all school. I was the worldís worst pupil.  

Digger: Maybe I was second worst then!

Clive: I grew up in Welwyn Garden City and there were lots of old retired soldiers.  

Digger: Why there?  

Clive: Itís a nice place to retire to and people think theyíre coming out to the country from London without coming out too far. Itís the whole green belt around London, so a lot of the Great War generation came out here. So Iíd carry their shopping and mow their lawns and theyíd tell me how good army life was. By the age of sixteen I was in Ė I didnít even go back for my school exam results. I joined as a junior soldier, had eight brilliant years, but had fallen in love at school and knew soldering was a single manís job and I couldnít do it forever. So I ended up at Sandhurst as an instructor, teaching army cadets. And thatís probably where I learned to speak to people. When a job came up in my local police force in my home town I took it. I started working part-time as a bit of a guide for a larger company and was frustrated by not having autonomy over it all. So, I started my own tours in 2004. What I really wanted to do was to have small groups and to really walk the ground. I really felt that if somebody said ďWhere were the Germans and where were we?Ē on day three or four then Iíd failed in my job as a guide. Ground was such a key part of it and you struggle to capture that when youíre on a coach. Itís not the same at all.  

Digger: When you see the death toll in Afghanistan, 300 and rising, how does that make you feel?  

Clive: Every soldier we lose is a tragedy for someone as well as for the whole nation. Having been a soldier, we have a slightly more reticent approach I think. You join the army and you kind of hang up your right to say ďWeíre going to do this and weíre not going to do that.Ē I still have a lot of involvement with the British Army these days, because we have a contract with them taking regiments on tours because of the sorts of tours we do.  

Digger: Are they a higher quality of soldier than in the past? You hear so many glowing tributes to them from friends, family, fellow soldiers and officers and it sounds as though they are all very big characters and high calibre.  

Clive: Yes, I think thatís the product of the system. The basic training, where youíre given a raw product from various different backgrounds from different parts of the country. The first thing you need to do is get everybody down to a base level. So, for example, I had a guy from Portsmouth in my room, eight Glaswegians, myself and a guy from Cornwall. And the Cornish guy was going to be eaten alive within the first 48 hours because he didn't have the same social skills as the rest of us had from an urban background. And by the end of the basic training, where we all had been made to feel as though we were rubbish but then passed at the same spec. Well, then we all passed on the square and he was as competent and confident as the rest of us. And what that short, sharp, army system does is it delivers a brilliant product and itís one of the few jobs in life that youíll be in where you canít hide and you canít bluff your way through. Once youíve passed off the square you know youíve got a certain standard of individuals. And when you get to your working unit you know you can rely on absolutely everyone. Because the chaff has been weeded out. In civilian life, thatís not acceptable.  

Digger: There is a bit of weeding out, is there?  

Clive: Yes, there is. I started with 75 and ended up with 28.  

Digger: Thereís quite a lot then.  

Clive: Yes, absolutely. Ití, about mental strength with these sixteen, seventeen and eighteen year old lads as much as physical strength. The door is always open and people can leave at any time. And thatís what makes it unique, because itís a volunteer army and so everyone who is there wants to be there. And they can rely on each other and theyíve all got the same sort of ethos in life. They're as good as Wellingtonís army and as good as General Haigís. And until someone says that the Sergeant Major must tuck them up into bed and make them a cup of tea and not hurt their feelings, they always will be.  

Digger: That was interesting, when they were talking about the credit crunch, and that with the armed forces everything was up for discussion. It couldnít be taken for granted that the three services Ė army, navy and air force, would survive as they are, at least theoretically.  

Clive: Absolutely, well Iíll tell you where we have suffered over the years as a military. Weíre given a job to do and we do it, occasionally we donít do it in the same way the media would like it to be done. But equally if you look at Iraq we get involved in a long and sustained campaign and then we leave and we hand over to the locals to run the place. Now, invariably what happens, is to pay for that bill they cut a couple of regiments. That seems quite natural but itís the opposite of performance-related pay! That will happen again, but weíve been what you can regard as high-tempo for the last nine or ten years. At some stage in the last government it was accepted that there was something called the military covenant that dates back hundreds of years. Itís never been written down but thereís been an understanding Ė a sort of gentlepersonís agreement, between those that run the country and those that serve in the armed forces. To kind of look after each otherís interests. And it was only under the last government that it broke down and thatís quite hard for me as Iím a traditional Labour voter.  

Digger: Yes.  

Clive: Iím from a fairly working class background.  

Digger: There again, it's not traditional Labour anymore is it?  

Clive: No, no. Not at all.  

Digger: Very difficult to separate them these days.  

Clive: Itís not the Labour party my grandfather would have supported and fought both wars for. Because my Englishness, and my passion for being English Ė Iím very proud of the fact, but it comes with the rider that it doesnít make me any better than anyone else and I donít see myself as superior. And on St Georgeís day I just think we should all listen to Billy Bragg's Between The Wars as much as we should listen to anything else. Itís not necessarily all about Land Of Hope And Glory.  

Digger: I wish we did celebrate our Englishness a bit more.  

Clive: Itís becoming more popular now, isnít it? The taxi drivers have put their foot down in London. For a long while it was probably stolen by the BNP and thatís not really acceptable. Englishness isnít necessarily what country you're born in, itís what culture you embrace. Itís hard to say what it is because weíre a hybrid anyway.  

Digger: We are. Iím half Irish.  

Clive: That makes you half English as well! (Both laugh)  

Digger: I can see both sides. I can remember being in Belfast in the early 70s when I was a young teenager and I was a Catholic Brit, so I needed to be quick in making a decision if somebody challenged me. But it was intimidating over there with the army pointing guns at you and the searches. We stayed at The Europa Hotel which had the highest security fence and then fencing coming off that to stop people lobbing explosives or whatever over. And everywhere there were bollards to stop car bombs.  

Clive: Thankfully, it did take us a few years but by my time in the late 80s we did have a different approach to policing/soldiering in northern Ireland. In the early days we were as naÔve as the terrorists were, I think. So it does take a while to settle it down to some semblance of normality and there is still a bit of an atmosphere there, isnít there? It will take generations to make it right. Itís got to start with the children, really, growing up as northern Irish rather than Protestant or Catholic.  

Digger: Itís always a strange thing to do, splitting a country arbitrarily along lines. Very odd to have a majority and a minority.  

Clive: Thatís why thereís no easy answer. Itís not as easy as packing up and saying ďGo on, the whole place is Ireland.Ē It would be upsetting the silent majority in northern Ireland that donít want to belong to the south plus I would think a majority of the south who canít afford the north..

Digger: The irony is there are lots of Church of Ireland people in the south and very protestant. 

Clive: Yes. And in both wars they really batted above their average and punched above their weight. I think itís 27% of the British army in both world wars were Irish. You wouldn't want to join the Irish Defence Force anyway because theyíre flying old planes and donít get to do anything but thereís always been quite a profitable recruiting base for the British army in Ireland despite the troubles.  

Digger: What makes Battle Honours different from other 'war walk' companies?

Clive: Iíve not actually come across anyone who is a pure walks company. Some add walks to their brochures as sort of specialist events but thatís ALL we do. Our whole ethos is to get people out on the ground and to see and experience things from a soldierís point of view. So, we would always look to walk any battlefield in any part of the world.  

Digger: Youíre doing a walk at Arnhem, arenít you?  

Clive: Yes, again thereís no reason, unless you have physical restrictions, to go to Arnhem and not walk it. I canít see what you would gain by getting on and off a vehicle there. Soldiering is generally done on foot and still is, and to get the most from it you need to understand the lie of the land, dead ground, forgotten places. Maybe way off from the main road where you might not be able to get a cup of tea and the toilet, but you might find an almost pristine machine gun bunker or a cave that was concerted into a chapel with graffiti in it.  

Digger: Iím trying to remember the name of where the British had to retreat to finally Ė it was a really small area in the end with a river to the south and surrounded by the Germans on all other sides...  

Clive: Coming back from Oosterbeek. I've actually been back there with veterans before and sat on that bank and listened to their stories about crossing that river.  

Digger: There's some famous footage whenever thereís a documentary about Arnhem and thereís the Paras being paraded by the Germans to show off theyíve been captured. They look really, really p****ed off! And really tough as well.  

Clive: Thereís the famous one where the soldier does a 'v' sign to the German cameraman. Itís quite a famous shot. I mean, these are British paratroopers and they were tough, tough guys. This idea that because it was all in black and white they were all poets. You just have to look at some incidents in downtown Cairo in the second world war or the Battle of The Wozza that was just before the Gallipoli landings. They were pretty much destroying towns drunk in their disapproval of the price of beer going up. Wellington once said ďI donít know what they do but they sure scare the hell out of me.Ē You've got to have some idea of the chaps youíre dealing with and to get these old chaps back at Arnhem is quite amazing. The quietest guy of all was an artilleryman who, because he wasnít a Paratrooper they came on the other side of the Rhine in  the winter of í44 with a 25 Pounder field gun. He hadnít said much at all, but because he wasnít a Para he felt he shouldnít be talking. But when he got down to John Frost Bridge he came alive and he picked four of us out at a time - there were twelve of us on the walk. He went through all of the gun drills with us and taught us all the shortcuts and how to do things and at the end he was hollering at us like a Sergeant Major. You could see, just for that moment, that he came alive and, of course, by him doing that, thatís what we see as added value for a tour. We always look to find something slightly different that we wouldnít advertise but that we can include.  

Digger: What is the range of tours that you do and where do your experts come from?

Clive: We walk anywhere, chronologically speaking, from Waterloo up to The Falklands, so itís as wide as that really and even then weíre looking to go further back as the years go on. Thereís no industry standard as such for guides, but The Guild Of Battlefield Guides, which is an international organisation, run a validation programme where you get to wear a badge if you jump through all their hoops. Itís a twelve part process and the equivalent to a degree level in guiding, similar to a Blue Badge Guide. And I think Iím right in saying that we were the first company to insist on the fact that all of our guides had gone through that process. So I use four or five guides and theyíve all achieved their badge and that can only be a mark of competency. The Guild will never say that if you donít have a badge you canít guide, but the day will come when the public says ďWhy hasnít my guide got a badge?Ē  

Digger: Do you bump into Germans doing guided tours in the other direction as it were? 

Clive: Thatís the one sort of group we donít, strangely enough. Itís not a tourist thing for them and not part of the travel industry out there. We do find Germans who come out individually on pilgrimages to find their relatives, but they will only be able to find the relative. They wonít be able to put him into the perspective of the war, the regiment and what they got up to. And thereís been a few times where weíve managed to get them to join our tour and have taken them out and they probably learnt more with us than they would have done back home. Itís changing, because thereís a bit of a cult following, particularly from America, where people are interested in the German soldier from the first world war. But weíre all not ready yet to embrace the Waffen-SS and say they were only doing their bit. And I hope they never do.  

Digger: No. It makes me very cross when history tells us about all the massacres the SS were involved in. From Dunkirk onwards, both British and American troops were slaughtered and also civilians like the incident at Oradour sur Glane and countless others.  

Clive: Yes, thereís that terrible babyís pushchair in the church with the bullet holes. And actually, if you go to Arras, the firing post at the back of the Citadel can be a very moving place. When you see the names of the people of Arras that were shot for various things. Accused of being resistance, or maybe even were resistance in the last war. Among them you can see Chef du Jardin, which is Head Gardener Ė a war graves gardener shot by the German Gestapo and SS who were in Arras at the time.  

Digger: Some people try to say that, for the most part, many of the SS were regular professional soldiers acting under orders but it just doesn't wash. These were often brutal and indiscriminate acts of terror or disproportionate punishment for resistance.  

Clive: No, no, no, no, no. You donít put that badge on unless you know what youíre up to. Itís like thereís a hero worship thing for this Michael Wittmann character out in Normandy. No doubt a very able tank commander, better than me, but to turn his grave into some sort of shrine that people put crosses on? The guy was an out and out Nazi and itís not really appropriate, is it? There probably were many Germans who were doing their bit for their country and tying to make their lives better, but we need to remember that Hitler took power via democratic process.  

Digger: There was a bit of German resistance.  

Clive: A bit of one, probably not as healthy as weíd like to think and probably not as big as our own one would have been if theyíd got here.  

Digger: The theory goes that if they had invaded here it would have shortened the war by at least three years because of the resistance we could have achieved and the blockading of the German supplies by the navy. You saw what happened to the German troops in the Channel Islands when they were blockaded.

Clive: I think probably, by now, we would all perhaps have been happy to live and may well have seen it as a war of liberation. Itís a long time now and the precedent for that would have been the Alsatians who were annexed as part of the 1871 Franco-Prussian war. Then, in 1914, when the French rolled across the border in revenge and they expected everyone to come out with flowers and bunting they were actually opposed by an Alsace-raised German unit saying: ďMy dad may have been French but weíve been German for forty years now and Iím quite happy being German thank you.Ē Itís interesting to see how our grandparents would have seen it Ė Iím visiting my grandfather this afternoon Ė heís 89 and fought in Normandy in the last war. And if Iíd been going around saying ďWhat a result yesterday, eh Granddad? 4-1 to Germany, itís fantastic isnít it?Ē (Both laugh)  He might have a different view.  

Digger: What are your most vivid memories of tours that you have taken in the past?

Clive: Thereíve been individual cemetery visits where Iíve been able to take people back to see a relative's grave that have been particularly poignant. Gallipoli especially, because itís a long way to go to get someone out there. And most people will just roll up a piece of paper with Gallipoli written on it and throw it in the waste paper basket and say ďWhat a waste of life.Ē They havenít actually ever studied the campaign and how close it was. Even though there was the folly to think it up theyíve not looked at the Heath Robinson tenacity of the men who were there and how much they achieved while they were there.  

Digger: Itís the lions led by donkeys criticism, isnít it?  

Clive: I think, in this case, it was lions led by lions, but maybe a donkey came up with the idea in the first place. Thatís probably a more realistic viewpoint.  

Digger: They didnít consolidate, because they achieved the beachhead and sat around. The troops were swimming every day while the Turks regrouped and dug-in.  

Clive: We sent the wrong people in to lead because by then the western front was the only place where the war could be won. We couldnít afford to send the right troops in and we did find three or four divisions that could have made the difference we just put General Stopford in charge Ė the less said about him the better. Like most military historians, not even most but all military historians, youíll find that weíre quite fair and weíre certainly not scathing of the high command in The Great War. We certainly understand what they were going through. You canít compare Haig with Wellington, for example. Wellington had 200,000 men under his command and Haig had 2.5 million. So Wellington would have been a corps commander in the first world war and the same with Montgomery. Iíve just taken a school on tour Ė I do one school that Iím very fond of and one of the questions they were asked to study before they went away was: ďWas Haig the butcher of The Somme?Ē Which sounds like a very reasonable question to ask until itís pointed out that, actually, Haig wasnít in charge of The Somme, Haig was in charge of the whole British army across the Western front. One of his generals, Rawlinson, was in charge of The Somme and every now and again Haig would check with him to see how it was going but he also had his eyes on other things going on across the country. Therefore, the better question would be either ďWas Rawlinson the butcher of The Somme?Ē or ďWas Haig the butcher of World War I?Ē And if you are going to say he is then you have to analyse his performance in 1918 where the British army had 180 days of continual victories. And only one side crosses no manís land with a white flag, and itís not us. Itís not so easy as to just put a white van manís stamp on it and say "That bloke's a butcher."

Digger: And retrospect is a great thing as well.  

Clive: Yes, it is and military historians Ė weíre often referred to as being revisionists when, in fact, history shows us that we are revertists because what weíre trying to do is bring the country back to the conclusion that they made between 1918 and 1923. Which is when we had the enquiry where they looked into the war and came out with the fact that we had actually won the war on the western front and therefore actually won The Great War, albeit at a huge cost.  

Digger: After a few years have elapsed things are seen totally out of context arenít they? These myths become reality.  

Clive: That's right. The revisionists were led by people like Alan Clark Ė lions led by donkeys and the movie Oh! What A Lovely War which is a great piece of cinematography and says more about the sixties when it was made than it does about The Great War. Thatís when the revisionists came and said ďLetís re-invent what happened.Ē But from the 1980s onwards, thereís been a general mood to simplify things a little bit and, by the way, when these guys came up with these new theories in the sixties no records were released. At that time they were still classified. Now you can go down to the national archives and you can look at the staff work that was involved in one regiment on one day. And to think that somehow they were sipping champagne in a chateau thirty miles behind the lines just doesnít add up. And when you see that, statistically, whether itís from the rank of Brigadier to Lieutenant General you had a higher chance of dying in The Great War than any other rank. Because we lost nearly 400 Generals in The Great War.  

Digger: The officers were often very clearly marked and the enemy would try to pop them off first.  

Clive: Yes, very much so. It was 100 years ago roughly and then it was only 100 years between The Great War and Napoleon and Wellington waving at each other on the field of battle. And weíve now come 100 years on from that again and so Waterloo was as old fashioned to the people in The Great War as that is to us. Waterloo is now ancient history but there would have been people in the trenches talking about their great grandfathers who fought at Waterloo. Itís a fascinating subject, isnít it? To come back to your question though, I think one stand-out memory was when we took a Canadian regiment back to Dieppe and unveiled a memorial and we had twelve veterans on board at Dieppe. And since that time, eight of those guys have passed on. We wonít get again twelve veterans in one place and time talking about their experiences. We had the local population, who remembered the Dieppe raid, and one nun who was 95 who at that time refused a German order to only nurse the Germans. She said ďIíll treat everyone.Ē And she almost risked her own life to treat these Canadians. And we got them all reunited again and had a pipe band playing on the beach and even arranged for a Spitfire to fly over for them and they were all crying as much as me. So thatís one memory that will stay for a long, long time. We flew guys back from Afghanistan who are serving today to take part in that ceremony. Iíve taken Lancashire Fusilier veterans back to Monte Casino who were present at a Victoria Cross action and to go through the ground with them and find out exactly what happened is fascinating.  

Digger: Didnít New Zealanders take it in the end?  

Clive: Yes, they were there. It was a very international affair and some of the bravest fighting was from Indian and Ghurka troops. Also French Algerians as well. The Americans crossing the Rapido river was the Americanís most severe loss until then. If it hadnít have been for Omaha beach later it would have been a landmark disaster in the history books and a text book 'how not to do it'. They had a rough, rough time out there.  

Digger: If someone is thinking about embarking on one of your tours, what sorts of things should they do to prepare for it?

Clive: They donít need to do any background reading because we provide that and we send out a reading list anyway. They need to bring a pair of boots, a sense of humour and they need to be aware that we have a wet weather programme that involves them... getting wet!  (Both laugh)  

Digger: Have you ever had anyone complain abut the mud or the rain?  

 

 

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Clive: No, thereís only once we had to stop a tour because it was that bad but, do you know what? The same people that evening said ďCan we go out again now because itís stopped raining?Ē We did a twilight walk. We provide all the relevant knowledge that people will need.  

Digger: Nobody fell in a trench?  

Clive: Weíve had a few little hiccoughs. You canít be in a industry like ours without having a few glitches. Stolen passport, lost medication, road accident. These sorts of things happen in life, donít they? But really, because the guides are usually ex-military or ex-emergency services or ex-teachers and all have got their Gilt Badge, so youíre in safe hands. They are not afraid to make decisions and are risk-aware and not risk-averse.  

Digger: In what direction are your planning to take Battle Honours in the future?  

Clive:  The one that itís currently on which is one of Ė consolidation's the wrong word really in this climate. Weíve not been effected by the climate like the larger companies have because their margins are wider. And weíre fairly high-end, really, when it comes to pricing because of the quality of the product. But we will continue to chug along offering tours for small groups walking all around the globe, up to twenty tours a year. That way Iíve got control over the quality of the product. What I wouldnít want to do is expand, become more accessible but then dilute what we do. Because I think weíve got it about right and weíre starting to become the tour company for tour guides and we have quite a few guides booking as passengers on our tours. Some people say they may be seeing our trade secrets but I think thatís the best compliment we can get.  

Digger: Thatís a really great plaudit that they're dong that.  

Clive: Yes. So we get a good mix and bunch of people on our tours Ė there'll be enthusiasts, quite a few first-timers but you find, with The Great War especially, there's no such thing as a one-timer. It gets into your skin and you may come on the tour for closure but it opens up more questions and you want to go back and back and back.  

Digger: I still plan to go to Arnhem. I donít know why but I need to go there but something is drawing me there. I have some great Dutch friends and theyíre very Anglophile arenít they?

Clive: Itís quite an over-populated country as well. You think we have problems with our roads but as soon as you go across the border from Belgium to Holland, Iím invariably in a contra-flow in tailbacks somewhere and itís really frustrating.  

Digger: I went to a celebration where three villages met in a hall, which was like a big warehouse, and they drank and partied. Now, Iím over six foot, but most of the people there, ladies include, were as tall or much taller than me. I donít know why theyíve all inherited the tall gene.  

Clive: My grandfatherís memory of Holland is crowds of people coming out and cheering them wherever they went. He was liberating people all the way through and he ended up, in the winter of í44, at a place called Valkenswaard. He was an 'advance airfield maker' for the RAF and they would go into a field, create an airfield, and then the Spitfires or Mustangs and Typhoons by that time would land and heíd re-arm them and make sure the airfield was up and running. One day, he wandered up to the Dutch boy who on the fence nearby and starving, and he managed to get him some chocolate from his mates. Now, that chap became the mayor of Valkenswaard. He's called Tise and in the late 1970s I used to get the best Christmas presents ever off of him. He still comes over from time to time to see my grandfather whoís 90-odd now and not in the best of health and wonít travel again. And Tise will never forget that one incident. A lot of the Dutch people donít forget what happened. Itís funny, the school trip Iíve just been on and their French teacher came, who was French, and a lot of the children will see a cemetery with 12,000 graves and think ďWhat a waste of life.Ē Then, when you take a French person like her there and ask her what she thinks - that the dead came from different countries to liberate France from an invader and she said. ďWaste cannot be the word we use.Ē Duty and sacrifice arenít words that come so easy to us these days, are they?  

Digger: No. And on that key note Iíd like to thank you for that insight Clive and wish you the best of luck with your future plans and endeavours.  

Clive: Thank you David. You too.  

 


 

Battle Honours Ltd

 

Battle Honours Ltd

 

 

Battle Honours Ltd Specialist Battlefield Tours - Bringing alive the dry pages of history
History, Education, Remembrance

Battle Honours are the UK's leading company offering walking battlefield tours. With the ability and experience to arrange battlefield tours for groups of all sizes, our program for 2009 contains new battlefield tours to new destinations and new walks to old favourites ensuring there is something for every battlefield tour walker over the coming year. All battlefield tours will be led by at least one badged member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides, the bench mark in quality when choosing your battlefield tour. Lead guides Julian Whippy and Clive Harris are renowned for their unbounded enthusiasm, passion and vast knowledge of their subject. With their military and police backgrounds together, with 20 years of combined guiding experience you will be in safe hands whilst on your pilgrimage or battlefield tour.

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