Paul Oldfield spent 36 years in the British Army, service which included operational tours in Ulster, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq. He held a wide variety of regimental and staff appointments from the lowest tactical level to the highest headquarters. This background gives him a particular insight into all matters military; from the political direction of operations right down to the man in the slit trench.
Paul ran his first battlefield tour on the Somme in 1983 and has been involved in WW1 and WW2 tours ever since. He is a member of the Western Front Association, Gallipoli Association, Victoria Cross Society and is also part of an international Victoria Cross research team. He is a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and completed its testing validation process to become Badged Guide No.51.
Paul’s first book, ‘Sheffield City Battalion’, was published in 1988 as part of the ‘Pals’ series. This year (2012) the Pen & Sword Battleground Europe series will publish two more books authored by Paul – ‘Bruneval Raid’ and ‘Cockleshell Raid’. Paul has also recently worked as an adviser and contributor to the Battleground Europe documentary DVD series. A DVD on the Bruneval Raid is to be released later in 2012 with DVDs on the Cockleshell Raid and the Raid on St Nazaire scheduled to be released in 2013.
Retirement from the Army has given Paul more time to devote to battlefield studies and researching new battles. When not at his desk, or out running, he is in his element escorting clients on battlefield tours by vehicle, on foot and now on bicycle.