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Claude V.

Ploegsteert, Hainaut, Belgium

Hi, my name is Claude, I was born and raised in Flanders Fields.

The Great War became a passion when in 1981, Nelly and I purchased a bar and restaurant just opposite Ploegsteert Memorial to Missing. We still meet people coming from all over the world at our place.

I started doing research with Ted Smith and Tony Spagnoly in the eighties, and then with many other authors and historians.

I am now a specialized battlefield guide in the plains of Flanders in Belgium and the Somme area in France.
Below you will find my standard tours but I can also build a custom tour, you provide the information and I'll do the rest.

I like to talk about history of course but also about all what makes our daily life in France and Belgium.

I am flexible, provide a high standard service, can bring a walker or a wheelchair to make your tour more comfortable. I am using digital maps and old pictures of the places you will visit.

For the tours I use a Mercedes Vito Tourer fully equipped and fully insured for tour purposes.

A Recent Review of this guide

Claude was well informed and showed a genuine interest in the topic. He was punctual, professional and pleasant. We would certainly recommend Claude for those interested in the Australian campaigns.
Malcolm Newberry

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Guide license "GL70/2007.03 delivered by the "Commisariat Général au Tourisme.
Transport license TLAB251 300/1. (mandatory in Europe)

Official guide of the "Tourist Office of Comines-Warneton"

Member of the Scientific Committee of the "Plugsreet 14-18 Interpretative Centre"

Member of the "Royal British Legion" Somme Branch

Member of the "Western Front Association"

Guide Requirements for Belgium

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