D-Day and Normandy Battlefield Guides

Community pages for D-Day and Normandy Battlefield Guides to promote the Normandy Battlefields as a place to visit.

Dr Peter Caddick-Adams, TD, PhD, FRHistS

Dr. Peter Caddick–Adams, TD, PhD, FRHistS, has lectured at the UK Defence Academy since 1999, where he worked under the legendary Professor Richard Holmes.

He was educated at Shrewsbury School, Sandhurst and Wolverhampton University, gaining First Class Honours in War Studies; he received his PhD from Cranfield University.

Peter is now widely regarded as the battlefield guide of choice for princes, peers and politicians, military commanders and senior executives, having taken literally thousands of British, US and NATO troops to battlefields across the world; in 2008 led a private tour of British royals to Normandy.

When walking the terrain, he explores the challenges of senior leadership, strategy and logistics in a crisis – “how to react when the wheel comes off”.

With over 500 battlefield visits around the world to his credit, he covers all periods in history from the Romans to the present day, and has also led many official commemorations with serving soldiers and veterans. Peter first visited Normandy in 1975 in a Jeep driven by a D-Day veteran, and has studied the campaign ever since.

A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he was previously a Visiting Lecturer at Oxford and Birmingham Universities, and now lectures at staff colleges around the world on military history, doctrine, terrorism, psychological and media operations, most recently in Afghanistan.

Peter has pursued a second career in the UK Regular and Reserve Forces, with experience of the Balkans, Middle East and Afghanistan.

During 1996–7 he was the official NATO Historian in Bosnia, based in Sarajevo.

Awarded the Territorial Decoration in 1997, he was also the UK Historian during the Iraq War of 2003, based in Qatar and Iraq, and has written extensively on the campaigns he witnessed.

He also commentates on BBC and Sky for major events. Peter is a member of many organisations, including the Guild of Battlefield Guides and the British Commission for Military History. His recent books include Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives (Random House, 2011) and Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell (Oxford University Press, 2012).

You can contact Peter at: militaryhistorian@hotmail.com

Written by Carl Shilleto

15 April 2013 at 9:25 am

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