About the War Research Society & Battlefield Tours

Founded over 35 years ago by serving and retired police officers, ex-service personnel and friends, The War Research Society has taken thousands of pilgrims, veterans, widows and children to visit the battlefields, memorials and last resting places of the fallen, combining this with interesting guided historical tours of the areas of the First and Second World Wars in Northern France, Belgium, Turkey and Italy. Our Second World Tours visit, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Finland, Norway, Italy, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Singapore and Thailand.

We also cover earlier campaigns such as the Battle of Waterloo and Crimea; and for several years have organised tours to Boer and Zulu War battle sites in South Africa, and to Russia.

We've been proud to take members of the Normandy Veterans Associations, Parachute Regiment Association, The St Nazaire Society, The Lancastria Association, Colditz Society, Market Garden Veterans Association, Western Front Association, Friends of Lochnagar, Royal British Legions, Machine Gun Corps OCA, Local History Societies, the British Army, American Forces and several Regimental Associations to visit the various sites.

We support, through our tours, various charities including the Royal British Legion, SSAFA, Help For Heroes and The St. Nazaire Society, along with other forces related charities. We were also closely involved in the organisation of the Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July, at Lochnagar Crater.

The graphic way in which our guides bring the 'battle alive' is renowned, along with the detailed itineraries, maps and information sheets that are given out on joining the coach.

Battlefield Tour coaches

Meticulous care goes into the planning of these tours. We travel P&O Ferries, using executive coaches with reclining seats, toilet, catering facilities and video system, hired through Birmingham International Coaches, with regular drivers. Some tours with small numbers may run in our luxury people carriers.

The routes are carefully planned so that you see as much as possible; the hotels are all of excellent standard, usually family run with private bathroom, toilet, television and telephone in all rooms, buffet breakfast and three course evening meals. Packed lunches are available on some of the days.

Visits to all places are done in a relaxed manner, allowing ample time to see what you wish; we ensure that you'll not be rushed around.

Are you a Club or Group Organiser?

If so, why not ask us to quote you our special rates for your outings/tours. We will do everything for you so that you can also sit back and enjoy the tour.