Born and raised in the Netherlands, from a very young age I have been a student of WW2 military history.
After having served in the Dutch Army for 5 years, and working as a graphic designer for 15, I became a bi-lingual tour guide at Leeds Castle, England. The opportunity then arose in 2015 to become a full-time D-Day battlefield guide in Normandy. In 2019 I created Allied Victory Tours; I now have 6 years of professional guiding experience.
I’m an avid collector of wartime memorabilia and for nearly 40 years I have taken part in WW2 re-enactments and living history events in the broadest sense, from giving presentations in schools, writing and publishing WW2-related military-historical articles, to working as a support artist and historical advisor for film and tv productions.
In 2019 I presented a documentary covering the battles for the bridges across the river Elle in June 1944 – see the Youtube link below to watch this video.
Discover D-Day history with an experienced, professional, knowledgable, passionate historian & battlefield guide.
I look forward to showing you the battlefields of Normandy!
– Mike van den Dobbelsteen