Alain Chesnel was born in October 1954 in Paris, France. Prior to starting Overlordtour, he was an engineer and contractor for 20 years in various parts of France and the world. Being well travelled, and versed in many cultures, Alain was then led by his true passion and knowledge of WWII and Normandy to start Overlordtour and leave the field of engineering.
Alain spent his boyhood years in France listening to stories about WWI and WWII as related by his parents, and grandparents. His two grandfathers fought for France during WWI. At the age of 13, Alain learned of the moving and impressive stories of the Battle of the Marne, Verdun, the Chemin des Dames and the landing onto the Dardanelles coasts.