About Reg Jans
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 signaled a turning point for Reg, along with the realization that freedom does not come for free and historical knowledge should be preserved and passed on.
A true historian, Reg is a collector of information, constantly striving to build and archive the giant puzzle left behind after WWII. Preserving the legacy of the finest young men who paid the highest price for freedom.
For the last twenty years although Reg has been guiding on the European battlefields from Normandy and Operation Market Garden, he has become better known by his distinguished in-depth research on the Battle of the Bulge. He has been acknowledged in books by many leading historians including: “In the footsteps of the Band of Brothers” by Larry Alexander, “No Victory in Valhalla” by Ian Gardner, “Glider Infantry Men” by Kevin Brooks , “From Toccoa to the Eagles Nest” by Dalton Einhorn, “The Batter’s Box” by Andy Kutler and the New York Times bestseller “Spearhead” by Adam Makos.
” I don’t make History, I am only the messenger”
Over the last few years, Reg has successfully hosted the families of General George S. Patton and General Anthony C. McAuliffe. He has walked the battlefields with “Wild Bill” Guarnere, Edward “Babe” Heffron, Forrest Guth, Ed Mauser, Paul Rogers, Ed Shames, Earl McClung and “Buck” Taylor from Easy Company and guided families of Burr Smith, Eugene “Doc” Roe, Hank Zimmerman, Walter Wentzel, Robert Strayer and Myron “Mike” Ranney.
More recently Reg successfully conducted a tour for a White House delegation who included the pilot and crew from “Marine One” and the USMC pilots from the Presidential Helicopter Squadron HMX-1.
In 2016, Reg hosted the cast of the HBO success-serie Band of Brothers in Bastogne.
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 Reg Jans Battlefield Experience guided me from Bastogne city and back to my old position opposite Recogne and Foy. Reg Jans 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)
101st Airborne Division / 506th PIR / 3rd Battalion / G Company