Battlefield Study ThemesOur Guiding team have been chosen for their knowledge of relevent historical campaigns and the skill to bring the personalities, locations and events to life in a way seldom found elsewhere.
Staffride are able to pitch each battlefield study to the required tactical, operational and/or strategic level.
Each historical topic studied is linked back to modern doctrine and utilises contemporary primary source documention.
Some principles of war however remain unchanged by history:
Selection & Maintenance of the Aim Commanders must be clear what the aim of the operation is, communicate that aim with absolute conviction and clarity, and then stick to that aim with a clear Strategy.
Surprise The obverse of Security: Knocking your enemy off-balance by creating shock and confusion by acting in ways he does not expect, and therefore hasn't prepared for.
Concentration of Force Even if outnumbered overall, success is achieved by concentrating superior fighting power at a critical point and time.
Economy of Effort Managing manpower, material and time - and holding sufficient reserves - in order to be sure the aim can be achieved with minimum effort/casualties.
Cooperation The use of team work to share workload, risks and opportunities at all levels - Allied, Inter Service, All Arms, individual teams.
Sustainability The provision of good administration and logistics to maximise morale (Principle 3), fighting power and freedom of action.
Flexibility Whilst maintaining the overall strategy (Principle 1), retaining the agility of mind to adjust Organisation & Tactics in order to react to changing or unforeseen circumstances.
Maintenance of Morale Morale is a battle-winning state of mind instilled by good leadership and team spirit based on a shared purpose & values and well-being.
Offensive Action A state of mind which is always seeking to gain the advantage, sustain momentum and seize the initiative.
Security Creating the environment - at least at the start of operations - in which friendly forces are best prepared and protected from potential disruption by the enemy.
Still not sure? Here is what some of the military groups we have taken abroad in the last few years have had to say:
This is the third time I have organised a Battle Field Study in conjunction with Battle Honours. They have a long history of working with the military ( the owners and many of the guides have a military background), they speak our language and appreciate the administrative problems often encountered. I would recommend them to any military group considering a battle field study. Without their experience, flexibility and resorcefulness we would never have boarded our plane.
Lieutenant Colonel Eric Hunter - 2 Med Brigade
From the outset, Battle Honours Ltd were critical in the selection of a theatre of war that provided sufficient breadth to make the linkages between the modern contingent context with those of the past. Battle Honours depth of knowledge surrounding the political, strategic, operational and tactical aspects of the Battle of Monte Cassino allowed the Regiment to entirely shape the content of its study to its needs and thereby maximise on the value of its study. Facilitating access to the national archives to draw out the Regimental aspects of the campaign made a significant difference to the colour and character of our study. Battle Honours administration was faultless, freeing up time and resources to focus on the content of the study rather than on its moving parts. Critically, the Battle Honours staff were helpful, insightful and thorough – from planning to execution it was a first class experience and one that I will wish to repeat in the future.
Major WD Hodgkinson - King's Royal Hussars
It was a long time coming but now it’s finally over I just wanted to thank you and Mike again for such a great Battlefield Study. The comments I've been receiving from the Soldiers and Staff who came have been nothing but positive and several rather hardened BFS attendees have declared Exercise War Horse as the best they have ever attended! Virtually everyone has heaped praise on the hotel and the study content, (especially the walking elements allowing a true appreciation of the topography of the area) but without fail everyone has appreciated your enthusiasm, vast knowledge and excellent personal anecdotes. Thank you.
Rachel Lockhart 306 Med TA Unit 2014
I am writing personally to thank you for organising the excellent Gallipoli tour this week, and particularly to commend Mike Peters for his exceptional knowledge, professionalism, teaching skills and good humour throughout the trip.
Colonel David Rew - RAMC
Thank you very much for leading the Staff Ride last week in Gallipoli, I thought it an excellent program, particularly so given the emphasis on approaches by sea and the balance of your historical introductions and discussions. The timing worked perfectly, both on the ground and with a view to the commemorations.
Major General E A Smyth-Osbourne CBE
On behalf of my unit may I thank you most sincerely for our magnificent tour of the Somme battlefields. The knowledge of your two guides, Clive and Mike, was superb and their imagination and ability to convey information made a lasting impression on all participants. I do not believe the tour could be improved and would be happy to recommend it to anyone who wishes to explore the legacy of The Great War.
Captain Chris Norman 306 Hospital Support Regiment