The Battlefield Explorer Tours

The Battlefield Explorer Tours

The Battlefield Explorer Tours
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
On my tours I share the history of the battles and the soldiers with the aim that the torch of remembrance is passed on to the next generation. We will visit the battlefields of Operation Market Garden (and others) and on site we will talk about the history of what happened there, tell the stories of who fought there, and explain why this still matters today. My words are supported by maps, photos, aerial photographs, audio and video to give you the best possible experience. We will discuss the big picture, why the operation was launched, what the goals were and how they were to be achieved. Then we focus on what happened to the troops on the ground, what were their experiences, what decisions were made that caused the outcomes and we reflect on the human cost. By the end of the tour I hope to have inspired you to pass on what you have learned, that you too will help carry the torch and help keep the memories of their sacrifices alive. Let me take you to battlefields around Arnhem
Veghel, The Netherlands

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2023

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Paul S
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Mar 2023 • Friends
We booked Joris Nieuwint for a full day visit to Arnhem and related Operation Market Garden sites. Joris is a fantastic guide with a passion for the subject and very detailed knowledge. He uses a very comfortable passenger van which is equipped with some excellent visual aids including relevant WW2 film clips and audio. His selection of maps and photographs to explain the battle is second to none. Joris tailored the itinerary to meet our specific needs and was very happy to make any last minute changes. He was great company, speaks impeccable English and was very punctual. We fully recommend that you follow the lunch suggestion venue that he will add into your visit, assuming you include the Airborne Museum in your plans.Payment ( via PayPal) was extremely easy for UK visitors and the trip represented good value for our group of 4. Altogether a first class experience.
Written March 30, 2023
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Excursion69303
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Mar 2023 • Friends
Four friends and myself had booked the Bridge Too Far one day trip and having spent Saturday in two very different and exceptional museums, I was unsure how much more could be added to the narrative…I could not have been more overwhelmed!. Joris clearly has passion and enthusiasm but more than that has synthesised and articulated his research into an experience that breathes life and understanding into one of the periods more controversial and tragic operations. The sequencing and logical approach he applies to the recounting of the series of events together with appropriate application of multi media visual and audio supplements is quite superb!. His easy and likeable character makes the day an enjoyable one but can still carry gravitas where needed. Needless to say we were given far more of a tour and series of lectures and insights than we expected , imagined or indeed had paid for as we ran far over our deadline . but the quality of delivery never wavered…..I would highly recommend any enthusiast of history to spend some time in this chaps company.
Written March 28, 2023
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alex
Copenhagen, Denmark2 contributions
Jul 2022
As a touring military sports team, we were very much interested in learning more and understanding the unique events that unfolded in Arnhem, 1944.

Joris, our tour guide and owner of 'The Battlefield Explorer Tours', did not disappoint. He provided a fantastic Battlefield Study covering the battle for Arnhem; from DZ landing through to British withdrawal/capture. His ability to cater for and mould his delivery to his audience was over and above any previous Battlefield Study's I have attended. Being an Artillery unit, the nuances and focus he brought to that area of the battle was fantastic and very much appreciated.

I would jump at the chance to attend another Battlefield Explorer Tour in the future. Further, I would recommend any group leader or organizing manager to book in with Joris when looking for this kind of activity!
Written August 17, 2022
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Wbrd_Hgy
Belfast, UK34 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
Hells Highway, Easy Co and Market Garden in general has been a major interest of mine for many years. I have wanted to visit the area and trace the steps of Easy for a long time, and without a doubt the best way to do this is with Joris' Battlefield Explorer Tours.
The tours are run with precision, the routes well thought out and presented in a detailed yet compassionate way. As a well researched passionate and professional guide, Joris not only presents the locations well, but he makes you feel very at home, comfortable and welcomed.
The tour vehicle was of a high standard, very comfortable for the 8 hour day. Joris has a fantastic presentation system in the rear of the van. He has a 21" screen setup to play clips of the action or for historical significance. He also uses a series of large maps hung in the rear of the van to really get into the detail. I found this a fantastic element to the tour. There is nothing better than watching action on a screen and when you look around you can pinpoint where you are standing exactly in relation to the clips. Superb.
As a private tour guide myself for TV/Fliming locations in Northern Ireland (Game of Thrones Tours) i was both impressed and educated by Joris' passion and professionalism for his work and his guests.
I would recommend Battlefield Explorer Tours to anyone wanting to not only get to the locations, but to get inside the heads of the men who were there.
Stunning tour.
Written September 2, 2023
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Natalie H
1 contribution
Jun 2022
My friend and I went on the Easy Company tour this summer and Joris was an excellent addition! He brought along pictures, maps, and objects to really bring the history to life. Although our tour was focused on Easy Company, he included other facts and stories from the battles that gave us a better understanding of what happened. He is extremely knowledgeable and can answer almost any question you may have. He greatly enhanced our experience and I cannot recommend him enough!
Written July 25, 2022
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fdj1946
london6 contributions
Nov 2022
joris is an excellent guide . he provides a strategic context to the Arnhem campaign which explains most of what went wrong and why . he backs this up with very good audio visual aids -maps , photos and old newsreel clips on his ipad .
he was a very thorough operator who took us every step along the way from Son to Arnhem and covered the campaign with the right amount of detail . he was very friendly and personable and i enjoyed talking to him . Net i thoroughly recommend him for a good tour of the arnhem campaign.
Written November 7, 2022
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Ace
4 contributions
May 2023
I spent the day with Joris Nieuwent, he was very accommodating to my crazy schedule! Joris is fantastic, leaving the Eindhoven Train station we made our way up Hell’s Highway to the Zon Bridge, his VW van is very comfortable and the video theater with Overview maps takes you back in time to 17 September, 1944. The day was everything I’d hoped for in terms of bringing to life the realities and hardships our men in uniform, and the civilians, faced from Zon to Arnhem. Joris’ passion for his work makes a huge difference in your understanding and appreciation for Operation Market Garden!
Written June 1, 2023
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Carol A
1 contribution
Jan 2023
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our battlefield tour with Joris. I admit my husband is a WWII enthusiast, not me. But Joris showed a thorough knowledge of Operation Market Garden, and I was drawn in as well by his enthusiasm and passion for the subject. He brought each site to life with an armload of primary source material, photos, maps, and audio recordings providing context. I could stand on the street corner, visualize their goals, and see how the mission failed. We highly recommend this tour.
Written February 13, 2023
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David N
2 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
Joris delivered an extremely memorable Hells Highway tour. After being on several WWII tours across Europe, this was by far the best one. His delivery and depth of knowledge was wrapped up very professionally with videos and relevant map explanations. He was able to slightly modify the program to our desires and interacted very well with the group. I’m sure I will rejoin for another one of his tours. Highly recommended experience and education to remember the sacrifice of the Allies and civilians during Market Garden.
Written March 16, 2023
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Michiel B
3 contributions
Apr 2023
This battlefield tour was very good. Guide Joris placed the historical events in the current landscape in a very lively and inmaginative way. He used a set of different instruments to emphasis the person storys of the militairy.
Written May 1, 2023
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