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.

Examining the industrialisation of warfare, this 4-day tour begins in Belgium with the story of one of the most significant single-day battles in European history. At Waterloo the Grand Armies of the early modern age would be seen for the last time, as mass infantry and cavalry charges met concentrated artillery and volley fire from massed ranks of muskets. The need to seek cover from industrial firepower would become apparent in the Great War one hundred years later and the tour will explore how the Great Powers responded to this relatively new and unexpected form of warfare and the challenges it posed, considering the realities of trench warfare and the new technologies and tactics designed to break the stalemate.

The theories and practice of Blitzkrieg and the experience of British soldiers in 1940 will bring this tour to a fitting conclusion as we follow the route of the retreating Allied troops to Dunkirk.

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

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Sample Itineraries

Sample Itineraries

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

IGCSE

  • Pearson Edexcel
    • Breadth Study: The changing nature of warfare and international conflict, 1919–2011
    • Themes in breadth with aspects in depth: The changing nature of warfare, 1859–1991: perception and reality
    • Themes in breadth: The British experience of warfare, c1790–1918
  • OCR Thematic Study: The Changing Nature of Warfare 1792–1945

Key Themes

Key Themes

• Grand Army tactics in the age of Napoleon
• Changes in and use of firepower
• The roles of infantry, cavalry and artillery
• Communications on the Napoleonic battlefield
• 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 theory and practice of Blitzkrieg
• The use of new weapons and tactics
• The morality of warfare
• Changes in communication on the battlefield

Key Locations

Key Locations

  • Lion Mound
  • 1815 Memorial Museum
  • Hougoumont
  • Bayernwald Trenches
  • Tyne Cot
  • Langemarck German Cemetery
  • Menin Gate
  • Cassel
  • Peckel Bunker
  • Bray Dunes
  • Dunkirk Harbour
  • Dunkirk Memorial

Price Includes

Price Includes

  • Fully guided
  • Dedicated admin support throughout
  • B&B 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

It is great that the tour guide takes the lead

- The John Warner School