Paul Reed is a leading military historian, specializing in the two world wars. He has been visiting European battlefields for more than thirty years, and lived on the Somme for over a decade. He has worked as a researcher and battlefield guide, and is the author of several books on the Great War. He also regularly contributes to television programmes, such as Timewatch, Meet the Ancestors and Who Do You Think You Are? and was historical consultant to BBC1's My Family At War.
There are the usual tips on travel and the important reminder about the dangers that still exist on the Western Front with unexploded grenades, artillery shells and other explosive devices. Arras is a lovely place to visit, and these days there are parts of the underground tunnels that are open for the public to visit, quite fascinating to see. One other thing that helps the battlefield visitor these days is the speed of travel enabled by the Channel Tunnel, making 1- or 2-day trips from the UK to the region so much easier.--Military Model Scene