Born and raised in Normandy, Valerie Vaultier started her guiding experience in 2007 in Verdun , touring the First World War Battlefields with clients.
In 2010 Valerie moved back to her native Normandy to work at the Memorial Pegasus Museum (a memorial to the British Paratroopers who captured a vital D-Day objective). As a museum guide Valerie enjoyed meeting and talking with real D-Day veterans, their personal stories and observations adding fabric & reality to the D-Day landings.
Valerie's interest in the history of the war was piqued by listening to her paternal grandmother talk about the effects of the war and German occupation on family and friends.
Her maternal grandfather served in the French army and was arrested by the Gestapo in July, 1943 because he was a part of the French Resistance. He was first sent to Buchenwald concentration camp and then on to suffer the Hell of Dora where after suffering ill health he was classed as "incurable" and allocated to an extermination convoy. A French officer saved him from this fate and he was assigned to a Radio Kommando as an electrician where he survived and was finally liberated in May, 1945.
This family history coupled with the personal recollections of the D-Day veterans has given Valerie a unique insight to the period and a passion for relating the history of Normandy landings in a way that helps our clients to experience what happened here all those years ago.
Her English is impeccable but if required she can of course conduct Tours in her native language French.
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