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To support Thematic studies focusing on Warfare and British Society, Anglia has created a range of tours exploring the relationship between war and society and the changing nature and experience of warfare itself.

Separated by five hundred years but just a few miles, the experiences of two British armies in the fields of northern France could not have been more different: from longbows to machine guns, heavy mounted cavalry to field artillery, at first sight there appears little similarity between these conflicts. Yet closer study reveals a shared experience between the fighting man of 1415 and 1916 - both were frightened, beleaguered and facing overwhelming odds.

This two-day tour explores how Henry V’s army utilised longbows and ground suited to defence to such great effect, challenging the accepted doctrines of warfare and making the 'chivalrous' mounted knight almost obsolete at a stroke, before moving on to Picardy to examine how trenches, barbed wire, artillery and machine guns combined to create a situation where the ‘poor bloody infantry’ found their task almost impossible to achieve. The experience of the ordinary fighting man will be brought alive by this tour.

Meeting exam board specifications. Our tour content is mapped against the major examination board specifications for KS3 to KS5 students.

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Curricular Links

Curricular Links

This tour is designed to support:

GCSE

  • Pearson Edexcel Thematic Study: Warfare and British society, c1250–present
  • OCR Thematic study: War and British Society c.790 to c.2010
  • WJEC EDQUAS Thematic study: The Development of Warfare in Britain, c.500 to the present day

Key Themes

Key Themes

  • Firepower in medieval warfare
  • The roles of infantry, cavalry and archers in medieval warfare
  • The nature of trench warfare
  • Life in the trenches
  • The uniform, equipment and weapons of a British Tommy
  • The ethos of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • The use of new weapons and tactics

Key Locations

Key Locations

  • Agincourt Visitor Centre
  • Sites of the French and English Camps
  • French burial site and Memorial
  • Sheffield Memorial Park
  • Newfoundland Memorial Park
  • Lochnagar Cater
  • Thiepval Memorial

Price Includes

Price Includes

  • Fully guided
  • Tailor-made itinerary
  • Hotel/Hostel accommodation
  • All meals as shown on your itinerary
  • An exclusive coach for your exclusive use
  • Return crossings with ferry or Eurotunnel
  • Pre-tour presentation
  • 1 free teacher place for every 10 paying students
  • All entrance fees associated with your visit

The guides really made the experience special for the pupils

- Fort Hill School