Roland Gaul ("Rol")
Born in Diekirch, Luxembourg in 1955, Roland Gaul has been since his childhood a collector of military artifacts, left-overs of the "Battle of the Bulge", found in abundance in the area with a keen interest in military- and oral history. A graduate of the Diekirch "Lycée classique”, he continued his studies at the Royal Military Academy (ERM) in Brussels/Belgium. In 1982 he founded the Diekirch Historical Society and the Diekirch Historical Museum, which in 1993 was eventually to become the present National Museum of Military History.
As the Public Affairs assistant of the American Embassy in Luxembourg, Gaul was deeply involved both professionally and privately in the organization of many trans border-, regional and local commemorations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the "Bulge”.
In 1996, Gaul started working for the Luxembourg Government and was thereafter appointed coordinator for all national and regional ceremonies for the 60th and 65th anniversaries commemorations of the "Bulge”, as well as for the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. In 2012, Gaul assumed the direction of the National Museum of Military History, which he had himself founded as a volunteer.
Scholar, lecturer, historian, author and co-author of several books and field guide of the "Battle of the Bulge in Luxembourg,” Gaul has led many tours over all those years in the Luxembourg Ardennes and border areas. He has an experience of over 25 years as a guide for International audiences and is very articulate in English, German and French.
His knowledge of the "Bulge” in Luxembourg and the Southern Flank is profound, detailed and based on countless interviews he made with American- and German WWII veterans, as well as with Luxembourg and Belgian witnesses. Since its foundation in 2001, Gaul has also been the Chairman of AMBA, the Association of the Museums of the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, Luxembourg, northern France and German Border area.
He is well known within the international military history museum-, collectors’- and WWII veterans’ communities and holds several American-Belgian-German- and Luxembourg decorations for his efforts in preserving the collective memory and for fostering international friendship and reconciliation by reflecting on the past.
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0887407471
• ISBN-13: 978-0887407475