“There is something sacred about a battlefield. Often it is a place where history has changed course, like the point on a long march where the compass needle is consulted and a new bearing set. But greater than historical significance is the human element. It is a place where men have died – for it has mostly been men – usually en masse and in the prime of their youth and strength. Soldiers don’t fight for history. Rarely even for country, and certainly not for governments. They fight because their regiment places them in harm’s way, and their regiment is family. They fight for their mates. In the last stand they fight for their lives. It is the individual stories of courage and struggle that touch us and sanctify the spot. A battlefield is sacred because it is a point in time and space where soldiers confronted the most intimate of both Demons and Angels. It is a place where, however frightened, they mustered all that they were and faced death”
Major Nigel Price, 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles. Falklands veteran
I work as a freelance battlefield guide for Leger Holidays and Tales of the Battlefield Tours in the UK. I am also available to guide bespoke tours.