Battle of the Bulge & Bastogne Battlefield Guide
Reg Jans’ deep passion for WWII began as a boy after talking to his grandfather (who had been wounded in 1940 while fighting in France with the Belgian Army) and watching moving picture footage of the D-Day landings, parachute drops over the Netherlands and snow-covered foxholes in the Ardennes. His grandfather’s death signalled a turning point for Reg, along with the realisation that freedom does not come for free and historical knowledge should be preserved and passed on.
‘People make History, I am only the messenger!’
Over the past twenty years Reg intensively studied, researched and explored the battlefields in Bastogne and the Ardennes. He is a historian who collects information, pieces of the giant WWII puzzle – this to archive and to pass on history to the future generations; to preserve the legacy of the finest young men who paid the highest price for freedom.
Reg has distinguished himself by his in-depth research on the Battle of the Bulge. He is thanked and/or acknowledged in books by many leading historians including: No Victory in Valhalla by Ian Gardner, In the footsteps of the Band of Brothers by Larry Alexander, Glider Infantrymen by Kevin Brooks, From Toccoa to the Eagles nest by Dalton Einhorn.
His special interests go to the Siege of Bastogne, the 101st Airborne Division and all its attached units. The 82nd Airborne Division, 84th Inf. Div., 99th Inf. Div., 2nd Inf. Div., 75th Inf. Div., 28th Inf. Div., 10th Armored Divisions and the 551st PIB but he also specialized in following the trail of Joachim Peiper.
As an Historical Advisor for a TV-show and a documentary, Jans has appeared on screen covering the Battle of the Bulge and Normandy. So far he has a few more similar projects in the pipeline for 2017 and 2018.
The past few years Reg has hosted the families of General George S. Patton and General Anthony C. McAuliffe.
Congratulations on getting your web site up and running. We now have a reliable and knowledgeable person in place on site of “The Greatest Land Battle in History.” Having fought in and around the Bastogne area I would not hesitate to recommend you and your service to all who are interested in the facts of history in your area. Your Friend,Don Burgett, Sgt, WWII,A Co, 506 PIR, 101st Abn., author of ‘Seven roads to hell’
‘I don’t guide, I offer experience !’
Internationally regarded as both battlefield guide and friend of the WWII veterans, Jans does not hold a degree in military history, but possesses a devoted passion and enthusiasm that has made him the “go to guy” for many organizations and historians around the world.
Reg Jans Is a superb guide. His knowledge (based on years of experience and research) is first rate. My 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (101st Airborne Division) was deployed along the northern perimeter outside Bastogne during the entirety of the “Battle of the Bulge”. I had not returned to this area since we pulled out in January of 1945. In the summer of 2013 Battlefield Experience guided me from Bastogne city and back to my old position opposite Recogne and Foy. Reg’s descriptions of what we experienced were accurate and well spoken. I appreciated the comprehensive view of the battle I was given during this two day tour. Anyone wanting an on the ground view and understanding of our experiences would do well with having Reg Jans as their guide. Jim “Pee Wee” Martin – A Toccoa Original (1942)
Appreciated and recognized for his services in 2014, Reg guided a delegation of the White House and the Crew of HMX-1, the Presidential Helicopter Squadron on the Bulge Battlefields.
In December 2016, Reg Jans hosted and personally guided the cast of the popular HBO series ‘Band of Brothers’ in Bastogne.
Among the actors was retired USMC Veteran and Hollywood Military Advisor Dale Dye.
Cpt Dye, who earned credits for movies such as Saving Private Ryan, Platoon, Natural Born Killers, Starship Troopers, Band of Brothers, JFK, Under Siege, Forrest Gump and more…, wrote:
“I just got back to the U.S. from one of the most stirring and insightful battlefield tours of my long experience in that kind of endeavor. The reason it was such a unique and enjoyable time at Bastogne was simply Reg Jans and his staff of guides. I know a lot of WW II buffs and run into them constantly making movies and TV shows but there are none out there anywhere that match Reg and his group of experts who turn a simple walk into a world history lesson. Reg knows the intimate details that really bring WW II history alive for both the serious student and the merely curious. Reg has a deep and abiding respect for the soldiers who fought in the bitter battles of the ETO and it shows in everything he does. He and his staff are also hugely personable, friendly and caring for everyone who very wisely signs up to tour with them. I can’t recommend Reg and his services highly enough. If you want more than just sightseeing, you need to contact Reg Jans.”
In 2015, he conducted a three day Operation Market-Garden/Battle of the Ardennes tour for the National WWII Museum, New Orleans.
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Reg is an honorary member of both the 82nd Airborne Division Tri State Mid -Hudson Chapter and The Airborne Demonstration Team, Oklahoma.
Reg guides tours in English and Dutch
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