All our tours are only ever led by the D-Day Historian Stuart Robertson
A former employee of the British Ministry of Defence, Stuart is the Grandson of H.A. 'Jock' Brownbridge, a WW2 veteran who volunteered to join the British Army the week after Germany annexed Austria. Stuart's Grandfather fought in France in 1940, was evacuated from Dunkirk before fighting in North Africa and Italy. 'Jock' earned a Mention in Despatches for valour during the Italian campaign in 1944. Stuart's paternal side of the family includes Colonel Donald Robertson who commanded the 7th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders before being killed at Mont Pincon in Normandy on the 6th August 1944. Although Stuart grew up listening to war stories which are a huge part of his own family history, having first visited the battlefields in 1989 as a 13 year old, it is his subsequent experience of meeting and touring the battlefields with hundreds of Normandy veterans which has provided him with a real insight of what sacrifices previous generations had made.
Unlike the many self-proclaimed historians who work as battlefield guides in Normandy, Stuart has actually been academically trained as such. Born and raised in the north of England, Stuart's qualifications include a Certificate in Higher Education in History from Manchester Metropolitan University and a BA Honours Degree in History from the College of York St John (University of Leeds). Now combining a career as a specialist guide with ongoing study, in 2016 Stuart will undertake a Masters Degree in Military History from the University of Buckingham.
Stuart's lifelong interest and study into the battle for Normandy has led to him being approached and acknowledged by many leading historians. In 2013, Stuart was commissioned to write the historical script for the 'D-Day Box' audioguide - an innovative and groundbreaking project as endorsed by the Normandy Office of Tourism and the WW2 Foundation of America. In 2014, Stuart became published in his own right as the lead author of the greatly acclaimed 'Following in the Footsteps of Heroes: D-Day; 6th June 1944' - all royalties from which were donated to D-Day related charities. Stuart then published 'A Pocket Guide to the D-Day Beaches' in 2015 and is currently writing the sequel to the first volume of 'Following in the Footsteps of Heroes' which will cover the whole of the Battle for Normandy and is planned for publication in 2016.
As well as being one of just two first choice Normandy guides for Rick Steves' tours in Europe, Stuart frequently acts as a historical consultant for the world's media. Stuart has provided consultation to, and has carried out research work for national and international journals such as Newsweek Magazine, USA Today, The Daily Mail, The Independent and Britain at War magazine. He has appeared alongside James Holland and Anthony Beevor on the BBC and has worked for ITV (UK), ABC (with Charlie Gibson), CNN (with Michael Smerconish) and Fox News (The Mike Huckabee Show). Over the last decade Stuart has been approached by many documentary makers. However, Stuart chooses very carefully which projects he works on and will only ever put his name to projects which he feels have the priority of historical integrity rather than the generation of commercial revenue.
Over the last decade Stuart has guided tours for thousands of visitors to the region. From young families to post-graduate university students, Stuart's skills have also been called upon by past and present military personnel (from Army recruits to Three Star Generals), security services from across the globe, currently serving and retired politicians from official Canadian Government Delagations to US Presidential Candidates, staff from the White House and the Pentagon, along with a multitude of other military and civilian individuals and organisations, all of whom have travelled from all over the world to tour the Normandy battlefields specifically with Stuart.
Stuart's reputation for ensuring the integrity of history alongside his passion for the presentation has guaranteed his place amongst the foremost historians specialising in the Battle for Normandy. With over a decade of experience working as a full time guide in Normandy, Stuart offers the flexibility only an independent guide can provide in fulfilling an unforgettable and unrivalled experience for visitors to the region. Of all his activities working alongside the World's premier universities, professional historians and the media, Stuart is most proud of his association and friendships with those Normandy Veterans who made the World a better place during those dark days.
It is to the veterans whom we dedicate our tours in the hope that their struggle will never be forgotten.
Stuart with Buck Compton (E/506 PIR). Buck featured in HBO's miniseries 'Band of Brothers'. Being a central character in such a successful TV production, reluctantly Buck became a Hollywood star. A modest man but a true hero, Buck died in February 2012.
Stuart with Bob Murphy (505 PIR Pathfinder). As the first American veteran Stuart met, Bob became a great friend, a D-Day veteran who passed away in October 2008 and is sadly missed by all who knew him.
Stuart with D-Day veteran Howard Manoian. Howard became an inspirational figure in Stuart's life and following his death in August 2011 has been sorely missed by his many friends in his adopted hometown of Ste Mere Eglise.
Stuart with Don Malarkey (E/506 PIR) Don featured prominently in HBO's Band of Brothers. A hero of the famous Battle for Brecourt Manor, it was a great privilege for Stuart to walk the D-Day battlefields with such a man.
Stuart with 101st Airborne Veteran George Whitfield DSC.
Stuart with first wave Omaha Beach veteran Hal Baumgarten (pictured June 6th 2006)
Stuart with Len Smith who landed on Juno Beach on D-Day.
Stuart with Number 4 Commando Veteran Pat Churchill who landed on Sword Beach on D-Day
Stuart pictured after a lecture given by D-Day Historian Dr Simon Trew - Head of History at Sandhurst. Simon is one of the World's foremost historians on D-Day.
Stuart on Sword Beach with first wave veteran John Roberts and HMS Swift Veteran Harry Card. Stuart and his wife Jenny had the privilege of having Harry and John stay with them as their guests at 1 Le Port.
Stuart with 82nd Airborne Veteran Bill Sullivan. 'Sully' remains one of the last in the line of the many characters from the 82nd Airborne who Stuart has met over the years in the famous Stop Bar in Ste Mere Eglise.
Stuart with 90th Inf Div D-Day Veteran Milton Staley.
Stuart with 101st Airborne Division Veteran Robert Wright who received the silver star for treating the wounded in a makeshift field hospital established in the church at Angoville au Plain.
Stuart with 101st Airborne D-Day Veteran and war poet Gene Cook.
October 2014 and George Batts (National Secretary of the Normandy Veterans Association) rallies his comrades for one last reunion as the Normandy Veterans Association is formally disbanded at Westminster Abbey.
Stuart with the BBC broadcast crew and 100 year old D-Day Veteran Bill Price. Bill was one of the veterans interviewed live from Arromanches in the morning of June 6th 2014 as Stuart was the main guest on the BBC Radio 5 Breakfast Show.