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David Hammond

David is an Associate member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides.

As a former Commanding Officer of 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, David has a practitioner's view on the conduct of military operations and the impact of the realities of war on its participants. A lifelong military history enthusiast, he is a graduate of the UK's first Advanced Command and Staff Course and also holds a master's degree in military studies.

He has toured the battlefields of France, Flanders and North West Europe extensively, with occasional forays further afield to American Civil War sites. He also lived for almost a decade in a converted watermill in the Normandy bocage where he acquired a local's appreciation of the legacy of the "debarquement" and the liberation of Normandy in 1944. And as an airborne Gunner he had the privilege of jumping onto the Ginkel Heath DZ, as part of the annual Battle of Arnhem commemorations.

David's particular areas of interest and expertise are in the development of artillery and the application of indirect fire, particularly in the Great War, and the often untold exploits of the Royal Regiment of Artillery in the principle battles on the Western Front.

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