The Footsteps Battlefield Tours (FBT) team is unique. With a focus on World War II, our military historians, local experts, tour guides and hosts deliver a once-in-a-lifetime experience on every trip. The FBT program provides educational and travel experiences as a division of the professional research group Footsteps Researchers, LLC.
Director & Battle of the Bulge Tour Guide
Bob Konings, founder of the Footsteps Battlefield Tours program, is a former teacher from the Netherlands. In 2010, he started as a battlefield tour guide in the Ardennes. He is an astounding researcher on the fights of both German and Allied sides. Bob, who is meticulous in his research, specializes in unknown battles. An enthusiastic and informative storyteller, Bob likes to stroll through the woods and villages. On these walks, he’ll for sure point out foxholes, craters, and buildings with war damage! Bob is also experienced in guiding the family members of deceased soldiers and veterans: He knows how to translate a veteran’s footsteps into an understandable story for relatives. Bob and his wife, Eveline, own a guesthouse in Grandmenil. The town was the center of heavy fights during the Battle of the Bulge.
Joey van Meesen, MA
Administrator & Netherlands Tour Guide
Joey van Meesen is a military historian and film maker based in the Netherlands. He is working for the Dutch Marine Corps Museum in Rotterdam and makes World War II Documentaries on YouTube under then name of SNAFU DOCS. Specializing in archival material of the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corps during World War II, he has worked on several national and international documentary projects as a researcher and historical consultant. He is the co-founder and lead researcher of Footsteps Researchers and assists Bob Konings in the development of the battlefield tours as the Battlefield Tour Advisor for Footsteps Battlefield Tours.
More about Joey van Meesen: http://www.snafu-docs.com
Myra Miller, PhD
Administrator and Tour Host
For Footsteps Battlefield Tours, Myra is the lead Tour Host and will manage the reservations, general administration, and client communication
Myra Miller, PhD, is co-founder of Footsteps Researchers LLC, specializing in World War II research and leading footsteps tours for families who want to visit the former battlefields of loved ones. Through her non-profit, Legacy: Lost & Found, she assists in returning battlefield and war relics to the families of the soldier they once belonged. She is also an expert of the 83rd Infantry Division and works to help descendants follow in their footsteps..
In a special collaboration, she led her family to create Miller Publishing LLC and they have published two books; Soldiers’ Stories: A Collection of WWII Memoirs, Volume I and Volume II which can be purchased at https://footstepsresearchers.com/soldiersstoriesbooks/.
Normandy Tour Guide
Florent Plana is a French native with a deep passion for WWII history and he currently resides in Normandy, France, in the heart of the D-Day Battle sites. He has traveled around the United States for over four years interviewing WWII veterans to preserve their stories and show gratitude for what they did to liberate his country. Before embarking on his adventures in the U.S., he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History from the University Pierre Mendès France, and a master’s degree in Business and Tourism from the University Joseph Fourier. Florent also has a background working internationally and has been the historian for different networks and documentaries in the U.S. and in France. A few of the companies that he has worked with are ABC, Discovery Channel, and Canal +. In his free time, Florent can be found researching the history of different divisions and battles of WWII, and having interviewed over 900 WWII veterans, he brings not only the factual research to tours but also the personal accounts of those who have served during the war. Florent along with his wife Jenny Post now operate their own tour company, World War II Veterans’ Memories, with an aim to preserve the stories of past generations while educating and sharing these narratives with future generations.
You can find out more about Florent and his company here: WWII Veterans Memories – Preserving the Legacy and the Memories of WWII Veterans (ww2veteransmemories.org)
Germany Tour Guide
David Martin was born in England and since 2015 lives in Southern Germany. He is a professional World War 2 Tour Guide and researcher, also the owner of WhiteCross Battlefield Tours. In his spare time David likes reading, hiking, travelling, meeting new people, music and photography. His enthusiasm and working attitude is visible in his tours. “Being a tour guide is an extremely rewarding profession and I love walking around with my guests around former battlefields.”. On the side David runs a small business supplying New and Used Metalworking Machinery and spare parts.
More about David: https://whitecrossbattlefieldtours.com/
Alessio Parisi, MA
Italy Tour Guide
Alessio Parisi was born in Genova, Italy, in 1990. He studied at the Università degli Studi di Genova and wrote a master thesis about war propaganda and popular culture in Italy during the First World War.
Since 2010 he works as researcher in the Istituto ligure per la storia della Resistenza e dell’età contemporanea (Ilsrec). He’s working on partisan and guerrilla warfare and on the history of the Italian campaign between 1943 and 1945. In 2015 he started to work on US Army files and records, studying and researching about the US Army GIs which fought during the Second World War in his area.
In 2017, with the partnership of the OSS Society, he started a research project about OSS and Italo-American secret agents in northern Italy.
Jenny Post is a U.S. transplant who moved to Bayeux, France in 2019, after marrying her French husband, Flo. She has a love of history, culture, and travel, and enjoys sharing that passion with others.
She grew up in the beautiful small town of Bedford, Virginia and previously worked at the National D-Day Memorial. During the D-Day invasion her town lost more men per capita than any other town in the United States. She has a strong connection with the historic places here in Normandy, specifically Omaha beach where so many young men from her town paid the ultimate sacrifice. She has a very deep respect for our veterans, past and present.
Jenny and Flo own and operate WWII Veterans’ Memories, a tour company based in Normandy. She truly enjoys meeting people from all over the world as they visit the historic places nearby, helping them to have a memorable and enjoyable visit here in France.
Born in upstate New York in the middle of a raging blizzard, Kathryn moved with her family to Springfield Missouri at a young age. The youngest of 7 and the mother of 2 daughter, family and the stories they share are a special gift. Kathryn met Dr. Myra Miller more than 30 years ago and the two have shared many adventures together. After graduating from Missouri State University and getting married, Kathryn worked in youth based not-for-profits and education before starting her next career in Event Management/Catering, never losing touch with Dr. Miller. She puts her organizational skills to good use by keeping the team on task, serving as tour assistant, and working behind the scenes to support the entire research team. “It’s on honor to do the work we do,” said Kathryn, “I thought I understood history and what it meant to go to war. I was wrong. I don’t think anyone can truly understand unless it was their journey, but anything I can do to help a family understand and find closer is a true privilege.”
Besides being one of the hosts on your tour, Eveline is also the hostess of the guesthouse that you will be staying at in the Belgian Ardennes. Together with her husband, and FBT tourguide, Bob Konings and their two sons, she moved from the Netherlands to the Ardennes in 2008. Even though it was just one country away, it was a world of difference for her and her familiy. Eveline had to get used to a different language, a different culture and different habits. As a consequence she is very flexible and speaks French, English, German and of course Dutch. She also knows a lot about the Belgian and Dutch specialties that are of big interest for foreign tourists.
When Eveline is not hosting, she works as a psychologist in her own practice at her home address, helping people get rid of their stress and problems.