The North Manchester Battlefield Society was formed in late 2000 by a group of
Civil Servants based in Manchester. The first trip was to the Somme and the Normandy Beaches in February 2001. The NMBS have
toured Battlefields of Europe each year since; in June 2013 we visited the battlefields of the Ainse, Marne and Champagne.
We are not like Leger or the big battlefield tour groups, who do a cracking tours for people who are interested and
we recommend these for people who just want to go to certain locations and stay in a decent hotel. www.visitbattlefields.co.uk
is the website for Leger. But, like us if you wish to see battlefields “Off-Piste” and at your own pace, this
site may just help you. The main aim of the NMBS is to remember the valour, sacrifice and memory of the
men who died. The Name (North Manchester Battlefield Society) was taken from the fact that all the members lived in North Manchester
at the time or had North Manchester roots. Most of the Major battles that we have visited have had some connection with the
regiments made up from Lancashire or the Cities of Manchester, Salford or Liverpool.
We will also include war memorials
from around the UK and try and show the bravery of the men who died in not only both World Wars but every conflict from Korea
to Northern Ireland, The Falklands to Afghanistan.
What started as a few days in The Somme and Normandy has turned
into a full scale dedicated society to the fallen of all sides in the major wars of Europe. That first trip was a learning
curve - based on 4 blokes sat in a Daewoo and living in Formule One Travel lodges, this has become a slick operation where
farmhouses (gites) are used as based and planning and preparation starts as soon as we come back from one trip.
aims of this website are to show the trips/adventures of a gang of blokes who have a common interest in Battlefields and history.
Primarily we concentrate on the First and Second World War, but will touch on any other historical battle should we visit
– for example Waterloo and Hadrian’s Wall.
We would always recommend if you go as a group, albeit a large organised one or small
party or if you go alone, to read up on the places beforehand or ask for advice. Good guides include the entire Major and
Mrs Holt’s Battlefield guides series, The Battleground Europe guides (all published by Pen and Sword) or Before Endeavours
Fade by Rose Coombs, published by Battle of Britain Prints International.
with this site to remember the fallen of all nations, but also to offer advice and insight for fellow travellers and battlefield
We will try and enlighten you with the highlights and “Must Sees” as well as the pitfalls.
The information on this site is correct at the time of this update (September 2013) but can change so always check before
you go. The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original
author, Steve Hoar and other contributors when stated. These views and opinions do not necessarily
represent those of other NMBS Members.
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also try and help other people locate relatives who died during wars. We also have given advice to other people who visit
battlesites and we are more than happy to help anyone.
The Society also has a website full of pictures of the places we have been. We
have some on here, but 1000s on our Flickr website by using the Flickr Button above.
Most of the text is owned by the NMBS and maybe used with permission and acknowledgement. If this
site has infringed any copyright material, please inform us and we will remove any material and grovel.
All main photographs are © 2013 Steve Hoar and Kevin Hunt. They can be used and/or
copied by kind permission.
We hope you enjoy the site and would be grateful of any feedback and advising us of any mistakes
or errors. We appreciate your feedback. If you have any issues, comments or ideas
you wish to share with us in regards battlefield touring, memorials or remembering the fallen.You can do this by either signing the guestbook
using the guestbook button below or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
I would like to thank the lads in the NMBS for making the trips possible, fun, memorable and just
full of camaraderie, which includes Lance for dropping the idea in my head, Gerry for "Corpsing" with me in fits
of giggles, Kevin for his wonderful eye to detail and his photographs, Stuart for his humour, which is missed when he is not
there and Andy for the Daewoo.
I would also like to thank Celine Beddows for helping with translating (Celine
being French) so we could get Gites. Carol Watts for her interest and support, Martyn Gibson for his help with Herbert
Preen and all the people who leave guestbook feedback.
Steve Hoar, December 2013
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