Toby McLeod

Toby McLeod is an independent professional battlefield guide and military historian with more than 16 years’ experience of teaching war studies and military history in universities and for the U.K. armed forces. He brings a unique eye for the topography of battlefields and a keen appreciation of the human factors involved in modern war to his tours. He is a fully qualified teacher of adults, part of the prestigious British Commission for Military History and a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides.
Toby has recently led groups to Mons, the Marne, Cambrai and Vimy Ridge, as well as numerous Second World War battlefield

studies, such as the Battle of Normandy, the Blitzkrieg in France, the Battle for Berlin and the Ardennes Offensive. His approach is to enable participants to discover the features of a battle site for themselves, and to present the narrative of events as a series of linked tactical, strategic and operational questions that build into an explanation of decisions taken, and the success and failure of command. In 2011 he was the exercise historian for URBAN WARRIOR 3, helping to bring a historical perspective to future force development.
Toby is also involved in writing for publication, and has contributed to several major works of reference such as the Oxford Companion to Military History and the Readers’ Guide to Military History, as well as review articles for military journals and magazines. He is currently preparing a series of guides to First World War battlefields for Greenhill Press.
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