Robin Russell served in the Royal Irish Rangers and Royal Irish Regiment for 32 years until 2008, having first tasted Army life in Singapore in 1976. As an infantry officer, staff officer and instructor he was based mainly in Great Britain and Germany, but served further afield on operations in Belize, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan, and as an arms control inspector throughout Europe. He was mentioned in dispatches as a Company Commander in Northern Ireland.
His interest in amphibious warfare was originally ignited by a military history project undertaken at Sandhurst, which also initiated a particular fascination with the Gallipoli campaign. During his service and since, he has guided or led battlefield tours covering Anglo-Scottish conflicts, Waterloo, WW1 campaigns in Gallipoli, France and Flanders, and WW2 covering the BEF 1940, Malaya, Tunisia, Italy, and North West Europe.
In addition to battlefield guiding, he has conducted several personal research projects for families of fallen soldiers. He is also engaged in other adult education activities and some security consultancy. He lives in North Yorkshire.
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Pre 20th Century
1st World War
2nd World War
BEF 1940 -Dunkirk
Cassino, Anzio, Dieppe 1942, Tunisia 1943
Normandy, Market Garden - Arnhem, the Huertgen Forest, Ardennes 1944, Reichswald and Rhine Crossing and the Battle for Berlin
Camps: Colditz, Buchenwald & Belsen
Malaysia World War 2 & Malayan Emergency
Development of Amphibious Warfare.
The Irish in the British Army
Colloquial French and German
Group and personal tours for all age groups
Example Research Reports: Cpl Thomas Ryan (6th Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers)
“I’ve been researching my family tree for a good few years now and I always get a lump in my throat when I think of my Granny’s family, she was Mary Ryan. They went through so much. I would love to visit where Cpl Thomas Ryan died and would ask you to be my guide. I wouldn't be able to organise it straight away with my son studying but when things are more settled I'll go with pleasure. Thank you for the wonderful work you do, thanks for putting me in contact with Sean Ryan.”