Holts’ books have been consistently highly acclaimed
in the international, national, local and military
press and media. Their Somme and Gallipoli books
were used to guide Australian Prime Minister
John Howard round those two battlefields and
the Normandy book to guide US First Lady, Mrs
Bush, round the D-Day Beaches. Professional
guides of the areas covered by the books all
call them ‘The Bibles’ and they are used and
promoted by most of the leading battlefield
tour companies, notably :
is a small sample of the comments that Major
and Mrs Holt's guide books and biographies have
received over the years:
there be two people who know more about First
World War battlefields than Tonie and Valmai
Holt? The couple, who created the Major &
Mrs Holts Battlefield Tours company, now
specialise in war publications, using their
knowledge gained over 20 years of researching
interesting veterans and conducting tours.
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN'T GO WRONG
WITH MAJ HOLTS, 13 Aug 2007
If you are doing any battlefield tours you
will never go far wrong with getting the books
by Holts. Informative, factual, easy to understand
and packed with hints and tips - a must for
all budding historians
remarkable work, meticulous, clear and well
skilful blend of military history and travel
guide, this authoritative book is so good
as to be indispensable to anyone visiting
the Somme today.
most informative book has been written to
help British tourists who visit the Somme
battlefields. Painstaking research lies behind
it and it contains careful advice on routes,
details of places, cemeteries, memorials and
feats of arms, with distances and timings
between them. Its value is increased by pages
of tourist information and advice on tracing
individual graves. Here is an excellent guide
which has something for us all.
In a recent survey
on why people visited the Somme Battlefields,
conducted by the Departmental Comité du Tourisme,
having read about the area in Major &
Mrs Holts Battlefield Guide to the Somme
came out as the number one reason.
guidebook the quality of which it would be
difficult (if not impossible) to better.
Tonie and Valmai Holt
have for years been the very best guides to
the battlefields of the Great War. Here they
share their knowledge in print, with the ultimate
guide to that corner of Belgium where a million
were wounded and where, of the dead, some
90,000 have no known graves.
think your latest book is quite outstanding
and will of course be indispensable for future
to detail and accuracy are Holt hallmarks.
Battle strategy and execution are expertly
described. Their books are invariably entertaining
as well as informative.
book is essential reading for anybody contemplating
taking their grandchildren to visit the Normandy
Landing Beaches. It is the most detailed and
comprehensive guidebook yet produced. The
facts are interlaced with anecdotes of bravery,
humour, sadness and humanity. The book is
packaged with an admirable map. Highly recommended
and well worth the money.’
drawn with admirable clarity and full of detail.
The text is admirably clear, with an enormous
amount of detail.
the pilgrim and armchair traveller alike Major
& Mrs Holts Battlefield Guide to Gallipoli
promises a wealth of information. Included
with the linen-look book is a superb foldout,
fully indexed double-sided map.
book shows meticulous research and eye for
the human touch.
indispensable for those who visit the area
to study the battles of 1944. Produced to
the very high standards we have justifiably
come to expect.
name Holt is synonymous with good work. The
battlefield guide took two years to complete
and the final result is a guide that will
certainly find its way to a wide group of
users. This book, written by people who know
their subject, has appeared at exactly the
of the Airborne Newsletter
Holts latest book, Operation Market Garden,
is undoubtedly the most challenging and almost
certainly the best of their five battlefield
guides. It is a remarkable distillation of
the memories of hundreds of veterans to whom
they have spoken over more than 20 years.
The Holts have produced an indispensable guidebook
with every page underlining the detailed research
they have carried out.’
OF THE GREAT WAR
to books like this one, lovingly created and
carefully compiled, we can better understand
the many and varied emotions and reactions
to terrible events – patriotic, dutiful, questioning,
angry, humorous, loving etc – which inspired
these remarkable poets.
book has been assembled with meticulous care
and accuracy. It is beautifully produced and
printed and a joy to read and handle.
may be better anthologies of Britain’s WW1
poets but this is the best I have ever seen,
placing each poem in context. A splendid and
moving book of remembrance.
and Mrs Holt have rendered all students of
Kipling, as well as the First World War an
outstanding service in this closely researched
and eminently readable book. Their evidence
is presented impeccably.
remarkable epilogue is given in this absorbing
work by Tonie and Valmai Holt, well known
through their Battlefield Tours, Guides and
Maps. Much of the Holts research was in previously
unpublished sources, throwing new light on
Kiplings long quest, the final outcome of
which he was never to know.
Quarterly & Defence Journal
being almost impossible to put down, this
fascinating book resembles a whodunit.
story of their enquiries unfolds effectively
in this book. It is told with a fine eye for
detail and the reader is drawn along by the
dedication and commitment of the joint authors.
They have taken enormous trouble to seek the
truth. The book is a most valuable addition
to the Kipling library.
SEARCH OF THE BETTER ‘OLE
affectionate but honest and objective study
of a fine and sensitive artist and a courageous
life story of this most interesting man is
written in a most engaging way, with masses
of revealing detail and a profusion of relevant
and high-quality illustrations. A really fascinating
study of an artist who was much more than
just a celebrity from the great War period.
TO THE WESTERN FRONT-SOUTH
COMMENTS FROM READERS ABOUT THE GUIDE BOOKS
wish you every success in the future and extend
our thanks for your invaluable role in keeping
the flame burning, which is so important.
Para Bn, 6 AB, 1944
I say how much I have enjoyed your books.
As a newcomer to WW1 how helpful they have
been. I have found difficulty in knowing where
to access information. Your books have been
lady researching her family connections with
September last year my wife and I visited
Gallipoli where my father almost died in 1915
and then Normandy where my wifes father was
killed in 1944. Your guide books were a wonderful
source of information throughout both of these
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