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Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson guiding

Andy guiding in Normandy.

Andy’s interest in military aviation and military history started many years ago and, by the age of 12, he knew that I was going to join the RAF and that dream was realised in 1981. His RAF experience included 17 years on the Boeing Sentry AWACS, with operational flying in the Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.

Andy left the RAF in 2009 to become a full-time Battlefield Guide. He completed the International Guild of Battlefield Guides validation programme in November 2011 and is the proud holder of Badge No 52. Andy enjoys a variety of battlefields, and this is reflected in the range of battles that he has explored.

Andy has had the privilege of taking veterans to their battlefields in Normandy and Monte Cassino, What an honour!

He has visited the Second World War battlefields, and has a particular interest in Normandy, including the D-Day beaches, the airborne operations, and the frequently neglected fighting inland. He has also visited the campaigns across Northwest Europe to the 1945 battles on and across the Rhine, and led tours to Salerno, Cassino and Crete.

Having spent so long in the air environment, Andy has a huge interest in the air war and has led tours to sites related to the Great War in the air, Fighter Command, the Combined Bomber Offensive and the German secret weapons programmes. He enjoys bringing the air war to life, not just from the point of view of the commanders, planners, ground crew and aircrew, but also that of those at the receiving end. Only when you have walked the targets can you understand the difficulties of the attackers, and the effects of total war on civil populations.

An interest in the Air War naturally leads to the subject of National Socialist Germany. He has led groups to many sites in Hitler’s Germany, from the development and deployment of the V-Weapons, through the concentration camp and forced labour systems to the Final Solution; a difficult but important subject.

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Page last updated: 12 February 2023