WO1 Brian Shaw

About Brian:

Brian Shaw is an Ex Warrant Officer in the Parachute Regiment who has been leading battlefield tours for the past eighteen years. Born in Nottingham in 1958 he joined the Army in 1974 as a Junior Soldier. Progressing through a busy career, specializing in Battlefield Communications, Brian become a Warrant Officer Class 1 in 1995.  Brian retired from the Army in January 2013 after 38 years’ service and lives with his wife Denise in Warminster.

Brian has had extensive career serving across the globe, in Northern Ireland on operations and from South Africa to the Arctic Circle and from California to Hong Kong the long way round on training. This long Infantry experience and knowledge of tactics, give him a soldier's eye for ground and the implications of terrain on the weapon systems of any chosen period.

Brian has had a long held interest the military history both World Wars. Brian combines his own experiences and his knowledge of history to put his audience on a tour within the experience of what the soldiers of the day saw, felt and experienced.

Whilst Brian's passion is for the Second World War and specifically NW Europe 1944/45 (D–Day to the wars end) but with a wide military history knowledge is happy working with groups on the battlefields of the Great War or others.

 Brian has led and assisted in tours to Gallipoli, Italy (WW2) and personally planned, led tours on the battle of Waterloo, the Western Front in WW1, the fighting in Normandy, Operation Market–Garden, Aachen, the Hurtgen Forest and the Ardennes Offensive. 

Brian enjoys touring with adults groups, schools or individuals and is regularly to be found on the continent working for Spirit of Remembrance and Remembrance Travel (the Royal British Legion) or leading military groups.

Brian is a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and was awarded his guild badge (No 18) from the patron in November 2005. 

Areas of expertise (conducted tours to):


 Waterloo Campaign 

 World War 1

 Western Front: WW1: AustraliaCanadaNZUSA

 Specialist knowledge on:

  • Ypres
  • Somme
  • Fromelles
  • Villers-Bretonneux
 World War 2

 NW Europe 1944/45

  • Normandy (D-Day and inland Battles)
  • Operation Market–Garden
  • Aachen and the Hurtgen Forest
  • German Ardennes Offensive

Guild of Battlefield Guides

 Member & Guide Badge number 18
Criminal Record Bureau Checked:
(cleared to work with all age groups)

Available for:  Group and personal tours for all age groups


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