Born in Sussex, England, Paul Reed is in his early-50s and has a life-long interest in military history. Encouraged by some good history teachers, he spent his teenage years interviewing veterans from the First World War and from this developed a great interest in the period. Over the next decade he acquired an unrivaled knowledge of the battlefields of the Western Front in France and Flanders, and was very active within the Western Front Association: regularly giving lectures and talks, and was at one time the Chairman of the Sussex Branch WFA. In the early 1990s he lived on the Somme, and living in the middle of the battlefields was able to expand his knowledge even further.

Today he is one of the leading historians on the subject of the First World War and has currently published seven books on the subject, including the critically acclaimed Great War Lives and Walking the Somme.

In 2001 Paul appeared on the BBC2 Meet The Ancestors programme 'Forgotten Battlefield' and since then has worked on many other programmes, including documentaries about D Day, Gallipoli and the war poet Wilfred Owen, and worked on some of the History Channel's first podcasts. In 2008 he worked on a number of programmes for BBC1 and BBC2, and in 2009 worked on a new Timewatch, the US version of WDYTYA, Andrew Marr's History of Great Britain, as well as a BBC1 series about 1940, Dig 1940. In 2011 Paul worked on Dig WW2 for BBC2 and in 2012 was lead historian on Channel 5's 'WW1 Tunnels of Death' as well as being consultant to 'War Hero In My Family'. He is currently working on WW1 projects for 2014-18. For more details of his TV Work visit here.


Paul has also maintained a long standing interest in the campaigns in Italy and North-West Europe in the final years of WW2 and has been visiting the battlefields of Normandy since he was a teenager. His first book on WW2 came out in 2012 entitled Walking D Day.

In more nearly 25 years of conducting groups to the battlefields of two World Wars, Paul has taken more than 15,000 people in the footsteps of their ancestors: a record that few can equal.

Visit Paul's WW1 website: www.battlefields1418.50megs.com 

Great War Photos website: www.greatwarphotos.com

WW1 Revisited website: www.ww1revisited.com


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