My interest in military history started when I was young. I come from a military family and my teachers at school were all veterans of the Second World War or National Service. At school, the personal histories of my teachers’ military service were always very real and I found them inspirational. At home, my father was a serving Army surgeon and in the old days of the Cold War in Germany, I spent my holidays surrounded by the British Army of the Rhine. I was an avid reader and I found military history fascinating.
This led, inevitably perhaps, to service as an infantry officer in the British Army. I was commissioned into The Gordon Highlanders (later The Highlanders) and spent much of my 20 years service in the battalion, but I have also worked as a staff officer at divisional and brigade levels and as a reconnaissance instructor. My operational service includes tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan and with the United Nations in Sierra Leone.
I was lucky enough to go on a three year exchange programme with the Italian Army and I am a graduate of the Italian Joint Forces Higher Command and Staff Course. I have a Masters Degree in Military Strategic Studies.
My Master’s degree in military strategy, with my own military background and operational service allows me to help my clients develop their understanding of the political and strategic context of warfare whilst also being able to offer real insights into the soldier’s experience. This gives clients a fully rounded tour experience; contributing to developing their understanding is something I find tremendously rewarding.
“Rob was our guide for a week-long tour of the battlefields in France and Belgium. As a retired history teacher, I was impressed by his ability to address a group with a range of knowledge, from limited to well informed. He demonstrated profound knowledge, commitment and never-failing enthusiasm and was most obliging in looking after individual requests. His behind the scenes organisation was faultless.”
Outside of the Army, I spent the best part of 4 years working as a humanitarian in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Western Sahara, where my focus was on rehabilitating former child soldiers and reducing armed violence by removing the explosive remnants of war and reducing the possession of small arms and ammunition.
I speak Italian to a high level and have a functional level of, German and French. Oh, and I have a good field level of Afghan Dari!
Rob Deere is an accredited guide and holder of badge number 80 of the Guild of Battlefield Guides”