Feedback from Units on our virtual Staff Rides

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Major Tony Bryant, First Fusiliers

"First Fusiliers weren't able to conduct a battlefield study due to COVID travel restrictions. Battle Guide provided a bespoke virtual tour that allowed us to teach more people and cover even more ground! The passion of the team is unrivalled. Having previously conducted tours of the Dardanelles, I was astounded by how much more could be delivered on a virtual tour."

Telemark Battalion HRF/ Norwegian Army

"Telemark Battalion HRF/Norwegian Army used a virtual battlefield study from Battle Guide Virtual Tours as part of officers and senior sergeant’s education and preparations before NATO field training exercise Cold Response. The study of how the German mechanized units conducted their defense in Normandy in 1944 was a good way to acquire a historical perspective on the challenges we as a mechanized battalion battle group is set to encounter. It is fascinating to see how alike and relevant the challenges soldiers and units had in the 1940’s is to today’s armies. The case study we attended was a good and rewarding activity, thanks to thorough preparations and a tailor-made study from Battle Guide Virtual Tours."

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Why are digital Staff Rides so efficient?

Visiting a virtual battlefield or studying a campaign online can provide a number of tangible benefits for any Unit looking for force development opportunities in the form of military studies shaped against traditional ‘Staff Rides’, Training without Troops or simple unit heritage tours

Cost Effective, Effective Time Management, Provision of Bespoke Training, Support from an Experienced Team

Cost effective Staff Rides

Staff Rides and tour elements of Battlefield Studies abroad can often be expensive for large groups against a tight training budget.

Virtual studies can be provided for military groups of over a 100 personnel at a time online, often at a price per head less than one night's accommodation abroad for each participant.
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Effective Time Management

Although it is great to travel to battlefields abroad, we know that it is time-consuming and that it can be difficult to get people away from their primary roles at busy times. Military Studies and Staff Rides can be provided online at a time, place and duration of your choice to maximise ease of access and promote whole unit participation. A typical training package is run
on a single day, and usually includes three online components – a one-hour preliminary study presentation to set the scene, a 90-minute dynamic virtual tour and a 45-minute final Q&A session. But flexible sessions can be run, which could also include unit-led syndicate work too.

Provision of Bespoke Training and Staff Rides

We strive to effectively deliver studies against training objectives that specifically meet your force development needs. Each military tour is designed in consultation with your unit to ensure maximum professional benefit is gained and key learning points achieved. This could be shaped by Principles of War, Operational Art, Combined Arms considerations, Theatre specific tactical challenges, examination of current doctrine, Realities of War, National Remembrance and Unit Heritage. Our end-to-end service also includes access to support and recordings of all online presentations, virtual tours and discussion sessions for 30 days after your event to assist with any post exercise reporting.
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Support from an Experienced Team

Many members of our team have served in the military and been exposed to the principles and doctrine that shape today’s operations. They work together with a first class line up of academics, many of whom have themselves, spent years researching, advising and teaching military educational organisations in the classroom and on the battlefields. We understand the need to bring history alive from both 'sides of the wire', put it in context and make it applicable to every specific audience.

What could a Virtual Staff Ride look like for your Unit?

A short demo from our CEO Dan Hill and our Military Liaison Rocky Salmon.

How do we develop a Staff Ride or Military Study for you?

From first contact we will help you to develop the theme and structure of your Staff Ride based on the training objectives you are looking to meet.

Our team will help identify a particular campaign or battle which will best suit your needs and your dedicated tour manager and specialised historian will do much of the leg work to ensure that key learning points are achieved. Full ‘joining instructions’ will be produced for you to minimise your workload and lay down a fully agreed itinerary for you to follow.

Pre-tour online presentations will set the scene and focus on your training requirement and post-tour we are happy to support the generation of unit-led syndicate discussions, along with a full online Q&A session with your historian.

Our Battlefield Guides & Historians

Our international team of Battlefield Guides and tour managers have a wide range skills and come from many different backgrounds. University lecturers, public historians, tech professionals, published authors and military servicemen. The one thing we all share is passion.
We take pride in delivering virtual tours to a global audience because we feel strongly that sharing and preserving history is something that needs to be done.

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Rocky Salmon retired from the Royal Navy as a Captain in 2019 after 35 years service, mostly flying Sea Kings from aircraft carriers. He is now a First World War historian and Battlefield Tour Guide and has been working with Battleguide running all military liaison for the last 2 years.
Having facilitated many real and virtual staff rides, he understands the benefits that our military studies can provide in reinforcing your professional and personal development. He will work closely with you to develop an event that meets your precise training objectives from first contact.