BATTLEFIELD TOURS (FLANDERS) - LEST WE FORGET
 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
 
 
Lest We Forget Battlefield Tours (Flanders)
 
 
IEPER VVB LICENCE No 1401
 
TX Plate: 2-TXL-157
 
 
Working in conjunction with the Ypres town tourist office.
 
         
 

 
 
 
FACEBOOK: Company BATTLEFIELD BLOG & clients images album.
 
 
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Owner/Director 
 
Milena Kolarikova - Lock BA (Tourism management)
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Milena was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia and later re-located to Amsterdam where she acquired her Dutch dual nationality. She is fluent in several languages.
In Amsterdam, Milena worked for over 20 years as a tour manager for the British Cosmos/Globus Gateway and the Canadian Rostad Tours companies.
From the moment Milena receives your booking request, she will offer advice on travel, accommodation, fees and of course your tour itinerary.
 
From Milena´s CV:
 
Milena studied at the "De Hogeschool Holland" in Diemen / Amsterdam and was awarded a "Bachelor of Arts" degree in tourism management in 1995.
In 2010, Milena was awarded Her Majesty's Britannic Ambassador to Belgium Commendation for her valuable work as co-founder of the 
TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT.
 
In 2011 Milena was awarded honorary life membership of the Association of Czechoslovak Legionaries Abroad  with seat in Cholmondeley, UK, for her contribution to this veterans´ association.
She is also member of the Czechoslovak Legionaries Association in Prague, Czech Republic. She frequently joins their commemoration and remembrance journeys at home and abroad.
In 2012, Milena received Czech recognition for her dedicated commemoration and remembrance work honouring all Czechoslovaks who fought for freedom during two world wars and beyond.
This particular official medal was designed to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the most heroic and patriotic act of the Czechoslovak resistance during WW II, namely the assassination of the third man of the Third Reich - Heydrich. 
It  was awarded to Milena for her patriotic work contributing to modern Czechoslovak history. 
 
On Friday 31st January 2014, during a special ceremony held in Prague, Milena was presented the "Czech Patriot 2013" award.  
One of the recipients this year was - in absentia - also the 
President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman.
 
The award was presented by ANLET (Association of the Followers of the 
Legionaries´ Traditions), together with the Czech Union of the Warriors for Freedom.
As Milena remarked in her brief speech, she accepted the award on behalf of the Czechoslovak patriots from the past, who would deserve it in the first place. 
She thinks of herself primarily as the torch bearer perpetuating their memory and patriotic inspiration.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clockwise from top left:
Milena receiving the award; with three befriended Czechoslovak WW II veterans; group photo with other recipients of the Czech Patriot award; listening to speeches. 
 
  
Left: The Czech Patriot Award is made of layered Czech glass in the colours of the Czech tricolor - white, red and blue.
 
Engraved along the lower front are the words
"Czech Patriot 2013"
Milena's name is engraved on the forward sloping front.
 
A diploma signed by the ANLET President completes the award.
 
 
 
 
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Principal Assistant: Chris Lock
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MILITARY SERVICE
 
 
In 1974 at the age of 15, Chris successfully passed his entrance examinations to serve within the Junior Leaders Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps.
 
On successful conclusion of his junior service, Chris served with the
3rd Royal Tank Regiment as a Chieftain Main Battle Tank
Ferret Armoured Scout Car crew member until completion of his regular army contract in 1979 before continuing with his army reservist commitment.
 
Chris served primarily in West Germany with the BAOR (British Army of the Rhine) Canada & the UK. Active service deployments included Northern Ireland & UNFICYP (United Nations Peace Keeping Forces) after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
 
Chris would eventually achieve a Fire Service career with Avon Fire & Rescue Service in which he served for 27 years as a firefighter mostly in the roll of Crew Commander.
 
Chris's personal achievements:
 
2010 
Chris received: "Her Majesty's Britannic Ambassador to Belgium Commendation" on behalf of his dedicated work as Founder of the TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT. 
 
 
Together Chris & Milena created the Friends of the Tank Memorial Ypres Salient. 
The Friends represent the TMYS wherever required and also have their own dedicated page located within the above highlighted web site.
 
2011
Chris was awarded honorary life membership of the 
Northern Ireland Veterans Association along with the honorary post of 
NIVA Ambassador to Belgium on behalf of his representative work dedicated to the many British Army Northern Ireland veterans who visit the Ypres Salient battlefields and attend the town's famous Last Post Ceremony.
 
2013
Chris successfully applied for and gained membership of the 
International Guild of Battlefield Guides.
 
 
 
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Company touring vehicle
 
 
2012 Renault Scenic TD automatic: 5 door compact MPV.
Full leather pack, tinted electric windows, sun blinds, cool box, satellite navigation, heated individual seating, air conditioning, audio facility plus more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Above left & right:
Your touring/pilgrimage vehicle alongside the US 27th & 30th Division Memorial located at Vierstraat near Kemmel, Belgium.
 
 
 
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Two new memorials within the Ypres Salient, which 
Chris & Milena are both founding members. 
 
 
 TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT
 
Situated in the village of Poelkapelle, Belgium.
 
Inaugurated 09/10/2009.
 
The memorial was reconstructed 23/11/2013,
 due to road traffic collision and destruction in April 2013.
Please see www.tankmemorial.vpweb.co.uk
 
Inspired by Chris's Royal Tank Regiment credentials, Chris identified the need for the creation of the TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT. 
 
Together with Milena, they financed, designed and coordinated with national & local assistance, the creation and inauguration of this public memorial sited in the village of Poelkapelle.
 
The TMYS commemorates 243 WW1 Tank Corps soldiers buried or commemorated in Belgium along with a single WW2 fallen RTR tank crewman buried nearby.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Above left & right:
The TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT on conclusion of its inauguration ceremony and illuminated in the evening.
 
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COMMEMORATIVE  PLAQUE
 
 "In honour to their memory"
Hotel Regina, Ypres
 
 
 
Chris & Milena firstly identified the need to commemorate by public memorial the gallant Belgian citizens & resistance members who sacrificed everything which was dear to them whilst engaged in the rescue and repatriation of shot-down allied pilots and air crew, many of whom passed secretly through the Hotel Regina during WW2. 
 
Recognising the need for this particular memorial to have an official recognition,
Chris & Milena approached the town's Royal Entente Belgian veterans' association who were then instrumental in achieving this much needed memorial.
 
Chris and Milena wish to thank the Royal Entente and especially
Mr Daniel Vandebrouke & Rene Declercq for their vision and assistance in ensuring this particular memorial plaque became a reality.
Also to be included within our message of gratitude must be the Ypres Town Mayor, his staff and all others involved.
 
Surviving family members, resistance members and representatives of the nations whose air crew were rescued and repatriated also attended the inauguration ceremony at the hotel on 25th September 2011.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Above left:
Several downed Spitfire pilots are included within the plaque commemoration story.
 
Above right:
B17 "Flying Fortress" air crew make up the bulk of the air crew lists confirmed as staying at the Regina along with B24 "Liberator" air crew.
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Above:
The Hotel Regina & commemoration plaque inaugurated on Sept 11th 2011 and visiting RAF pilgrimage personnel ( 22/July/2014) images.
 
 
 
 
 
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