La Rougerie Tours offers tailor made, guided tours of battlefields in Normandy and Europe for individuals or groups. Clients can follow in the footsteps of an individual or take an overall view of an area / areas of battle. When you make your booking, please tell Adrian any requirements so he can tailor your tour.
Adrian spent 16 years as a professional soldier, including in the British Parachute Regiment and the Royal Signals. Since leaving the Army he has worked in the City of London, successfully run his own business and latterly, worked as a teacher before settling at LaRougerie Farm. With his love of teaching and as a trained and entertaining teacher he can impart knowledge to all ages. His personal experience allows him to weave the stories into an entertaining drama, merging the specifics with the broader scope. This ensures you benefit from different perspectives, including the thoughts of the soldiers involved, the operational and tactical perspectives as well as the underlying historical, political and social factors that contributed to the war and led to the specific Normandy campaign. His first language is English but Adrian can also guide in French and speaks German.
Adrian is a patient flexible extemporaneous speaker, spending the tour both distilling the battles into simple images yet also delving into the specifics, as required. It is rare for Adrian to require notes but is equally capable of presenting to a crowd as a small group.
Adrian’s interest in guiding was sparked by his father’s experiences in WWII (landing in Europe as part of the Airborne Signals) and the many soldiers, veterans and families he has had the privilege of meeting and befriending since. He is a member of the European Tour Operators’ Association and is in the Guild of Battlefield Guides. He is professionally registered in France as a battlefield guide.
Tours can be on land (normally Range Rover), under water (diving ship wrecks), or even by air – the choice is led by the customer and further details can be found on this site.
Adrian lives in the heart of Normandy in St Fromond, where fighting occurred for a month in June / July 1944. He also runs LaRougerie Farm proving very popular with those visitors wishing to have a highly personalised yet relaxing experience.
With his local knowledge he is able to arrange accommodation if needed (hotel / gite / chambres d’hotes / glamping / camping / caravans), as well as arrange access to museums and sites not usually available to the public, particularly at certain times of the year. If you have any mobility / medical issues please tell Adrian so he can ensure you get the best out of your tour.
Tours take specific note that not all partners are enthusiasts. Women, however, made up a significant percentage of the work force during WW2 and your guide is able to bring to life the stories about life for the women in the war, be they resistance workers, armaments factory workers or German girls working towards their "Mutter's cross"! If this still doesn't meet your needs then others have found a day spent on LaRougerie Farm with the animals is very rewarding!