“We would like to thank you once again for a moving and memorable visit to the Somme. You made us extremely welcome with a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The food was great and you both treated us as friends and not just customers. My father and I were fascinated throughout the three days.”

P and A Gibbs, 2004

Battlefields Experience BattlefieldsExperience

The Battle of the Somme

Fully Guided Military History Tours of the Somme and

throughout Europe


At The Battlefields Experience we have a passion for military history. We specialise in organising scheduled and bespoke tours throughout Europe, covering the period from 1914 to 1945. We have welcomed and entertained visitors from around the world at the historic Old Café Jourdain at Mailly-Maillet, on the Somme, and our key personnel are Rod Bedford and his wife, Jackie . Both Rod and Jackie have served in the British Army. Rod is one of the few battlefield tour guides operating today who can combine an encyclopaedic knowledge of historic military events with the skills attained through a career in the Grenadier Guards and Instructor at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. The significance of each battlefield location is fully revealed and brought back to life for you, through the eyes of a soldier.


Le Vieux Café Jourdain, 2 Rue des Cordeliers

80560 Mailly Maillet, Somme, France

telephone and fax: 00 33 32 27 62 960

Member of Somme Battlefields, a label of quality administered and regulated by the Department of Tourism, Chambre de Commerce and the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne