Battlefields of the World (BOTW) is the brainchild and creation of Dennis Weatherall. He served in the Navy for many years and became interested in post WWII Australian Military History, originally as a hobby. It soon turned into a passion and was invited in 2004 to join the International Guild of Battlefield Guides by Inaugural Guild Secretary (Mjr) Greame Cooper, after having worked together in the Battlefields of the Western Front. Dennis is also the holder of the first Guild Badge east of the African Continent as a Qualified Battlefield Guide .
In civilian life until recently, Dennis owned and operated a world wide boutique travel company specialising in professional and uniquely different destinations of the world. He’s travelled the world extensively and is a regular return visitor to the UK attending Guild functions and brings to it his Naval influence and ‘Colonial’ humour.
Since official retirement Dennis has continued to create journeys to Australian battlefields world wide and works in association with the general Australian Travel Industry, direct clients, veteran groups and many military orientated associations to bring interested travellers to such destinations as: South Africa – Colonial Australia’s Boer war 1899-1902 period, Egypt, Turkey, and The Western Front of – WWI, South East Asia to Burma, Korea, Malaya, Singapore, Thailand of – WWII and to Vietnam – of the 60-70’s where Australian Forces have been engaged in world conflicts of modern times.
In the early-late 90’s and beyond, Dennis was via BOTW contracted to the Australian Department of Defence – ADFA (Australian Defence Force Academy) and RMC (Royal Military College – Duntroon) on a regular basis to plan and execute Battlefield Study Tours of Australian involvement in battlefields of ole and has taken Australian Defence Force members to such places as Vietnam, New Guinea, Borneo, Singapore, Turkey, Egypt, Libya and Western Europe. He also arranges veterans programmes to return to such recent battlefield of Vietnam and Korea. Along with memorial events suitable to those interested in Australia’s Military past, such as Fall of Singapore and today’s Sabah (North Borneo) – for the Sandakan Death Marches of WWII.
As previously mentioned Dennis has travelled extensively, he’s visited more than 110 countries in his life to date and can be equally at home on the battlefields of Vietnam or Western Front as leading any of the ‘World Journeys’ he creates to visit, such destinations as: African Wildlife, China Silk Road, Ancient Egypt , Korea both North and South, Trans Siberia, Central Asia, South America, Patagonian or on the plains of Mongolia, Adventure is part of his life style.
Dennis is an appointed Justice of the Peace (JP) (in the State of New South Wales, Australia since 1972), a qualified International Travel Manager (TM) and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Travel and Qualifed Travel Licence holder (AFAITT- L), a Member of RUSI (Royal United Services Institute), as well as being an active member of his Sub-Branch of the “Returned and Service League (RSL) of Australia”, Naval League of Australia , Ex Navalman’s Association of Australia.
A journey with “Battlefields of the World” is a rewarding experience for any student of Australian Military history or for that matter anyone interested in walking the ground where their forefathers once stood and fought, for today’s freedom, we here in Australia enjoy. Through a vast international network of like-minded, and fellow qualified battlefield experts, what ever your interest maybe, BOTW can plan and execute a programme to satisfy your individual requirements. Direct Email: firstname.lastname@example.org