I would like to explain what is meant by the term “guide”. This is a highly debated subject. Every touring company uses the word “guide” in some shape or form. Here are two definitions of the word “guide” from www.dictionary.com.
verb – to accompany (a sightseer) to show points of interest and to explain their significance and meaning.
noun – a person who guides,especially one hired to guide travelers,tourists, hunters etc.
This is another one from a University website :
noun – a person who advises or shows the way to others.
The word ‘guide’ is therefore in common worldwide usage, it is not a trademark, neither it is a title or qualification like : Lawyer, Surgeon or Architect. However there is an official qualification in Belgium where an individual passes an examination and is awarded the status of “Guide”.
I do refer to myself on this website as a ‘Battlefield Guide’ and use the term “guiding” to describe what I do. I respect the Belgian laws and mean no disrespect to holders of the Guide qualification – all of whom have proved their knowledge of Belgian history.
The difference about being a good battlefield guide is it’s something anyone couldn’t possibly do well without having a deep passion for the subject matter. I live and breathe WWII and the battlefields in the Ardennes, Belgium. One can quote from books but if there’s no passion for the subject, one can’t be a good battlefield guide.