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7e Guild of Battlefield Guides Badge in NL toegekend

GBG Badge awarded to Edwin Popken,,nl,Battlefield Discovery,,en,It is the seventh time that a Dutch battlefield guide receives this honor,,nl,Edwin received the 93rd Badge during a recent meeting of the NL section of the Int.GBG by Wybo Boersma,,nl,former director of Airborne Museum,,nl,Incidentally, the Badge will be "official,,nl,be pinned in January,,nl,while..,,nl (Battlefield Discovery)             Badge 93

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De eerste Nederlandse GBG – badge (number 39) is in bezit van Wybo Boersma, former Director Airborne Museum. De tweede badge (number 61) heeft Willem F. Kleijn , owner of DRG Battlefield Tours & Books. Nummer 71 wordt gedragen door Joël Stoppels van Battlefieldtours.nu uit Groningen. Bert Eikelboom of LiberationTour.nl from Groesbeek is the holder of badge no. 79. Januari 2018 kwamen daar nog bij Luuk Buist bij die Badge nr. 85 opgespeld kreeg tijdens de jaarvergadering in Mons (B), en in mei 2018 Dirk Hoekendijk van Arnhem Battlefield Tours Arnhem (BTA).

Therewith Netherlands , that because of the liberation / Operation Market Garden still a lot of English, Amerikaanse en Canadese battlefield – toeristen trekt, nu voorzien van zeven officieel door GBG erkende, Guides. In addition, the first three guides are also qualified as a "validator’ (examinator) en daardoor is de Nederlandse sectie van de Int.GBG de enige buiten GB die in staat is zelf assignments mag afnemen.

Willem Kleijn: "The GBG badge is a certificate of competency as a battlefield guide assigned by your colleagues. So it is emphatically not a training. To obtain the badge you have to take nine trials, three oral and written six. These are evaluated on different criteria clearly defined as, knowledge, use sources of, presentation skills, dealing with groups, attention to safety, etc.. I have done everything in English, but basically you can do in your own language. But to do so you have at least two 'badged guides' needed, en die hebben we sinds vorig jaar in Nederland’.

The Guild of Battlefield Guides was founded twelve years ago in England by a group Battlefield guides both wanted to increase the focus on the Battlefield tourism, on the other hand wanted to raise the level of the guides. Willem Kleijn: 'Battlefield Guide is not protected, anyone can call themselves so. However, that is no guarantee that the customer gets dished that meet minimum requirements a tour. In some European countries such as Italy and Fran Look, it is regulated: there you may only call when you have a battlefield guide training (sometimes even at the university level) have followed. Ash doing a tour with a guide GBG then you know for sure that you are dealing with a serious Battlefield Guide, someone who not only has himself thoroughly engrossed in the topic, but the information also can convey in an inspiring manner,  who knows how to deal with groups of people, and, for example, has an eye for safety '.

Many of the more than 300 GBG members worldwide are ex-military, but that's obviously not a requirement. Willem Kleijn: "There are people who only member interested in military history, but who do not want to be guide. Also, tour operators can join. If they use the GBG logo as a quality mark, they also commit to a minimum 75% their tours with qualified guides GBG perform, So the knife cuts both ways'.

More information about the Int.Guild or Battlefield Guides can be found at www.gbg-int.com

De Nederlandse ‘Badged’ GBG gidsen voorjaar 2019 in Arnhem bij elkaar: vlnr. Wybo Boersma, Edwin Popken, Luuk Buist, Willem Kleijn, Joris Nieuwint (nog geen badge…), Joël Stoppels en Dirk Hoekendijk. Drager van de 4e Badge Bert Eikelenboom ontbreekt helaas op de foto