My name is Joris Nieuwint from the Netherlands and since 2012 I have been a tour guide on the battlefields of Western Europe! For the past fourteen years I have been a resident of Veghel and before that I have lived in Arnhem for almost twenty years. Living virtually on top of the Operation Market Garden battlefields meant that I always had a massive interest in them, and I have been studying the battles since as long as I can remember.
In 2012 I have taken up guiding and have taken many individuals, groups small and large, relatives of veterans, schools, and military groups on tours.
In 2018 I joined the International Guild of Battlefield Guides and began the accreditation process which I completed in October 2020. This earned me the Accredited Member Badge number 112 and on top of that I have been awarded the “David Chandler Award” for the best Above Standard presentation of an Assignment 6 of that year.
Because not everybody is able to go on a battlefield tour I’ve started a YouTube channel. On this channel, I post virtual battlefield tours of places that interest me, stories that I want to tell, locations that are otherwise hidden and events that I attend. Recently I started a new series called “Dodge Adventures” in which my Dodge plays an important part.
If you are interested in taking a tour with me I recommend taking a look: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBattlefieldExplorer
Other WWII interests
In 2014 and 2019 I have been involved in organizing the Operation Market Garden events in which we drove with over 300 WWII vehicles along the original route from Belgium to Nijmegen. Currently I participate in the Stolpersteine or “Stumbling Stone” foundation in Veghel. We are in the process of laying memorial stones at the locations where Jews lived that were murdered in the Holocaust.
On top of all this, I’m a member of the Screaming Ducks Living History Association. We portray Able company of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment / 101st Airborne Division and go to events all over Europe.
In my garage, I have a WWII Dodge Weapons carrier, WC 51, which proved to be my ticket into the world of military history. The Dodge changed me from being a spectator to a participant and eventually to being a tour guide.
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