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.

One of the most prevalent myths of the Great War is that it was shaped by inflexible and unimaginative commanders who were unwilling or unable to move away from tried and tested tactics, leading to slaughter on a tragic scale. This notion is not entirely borne out by careful examination of the facts: many of the tactical and technological innovations practiced during the Second World War had first been tested over twenty-five years earlier.

On this 4-day school battlefield tour, Anglia’s guides will lead your students through the various attempts made to break the stalemate around the Ypres Salient, where the flamethrower and poison gas were first used in 1915, before moving to the Somme where, in 1916, tanks were deployed for the first time. The tour concludes with a study of Operation OVERLORD, the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944, and the chance to consider how far tactics and technology had developed by the end of the war.

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

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Tour Details

Curricular Links

Curricular Links

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
  • Pearson Edexcel Themes in breadth: The British experience of warfare, c1790–1918
  • OCR Thematic Study: The Changing Nature of Warfare 1792–1945

Key Themes

Key Themes

• 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
• Changes in communication on the battlefield
• Combined Operations and the theory and practice of All Arms warfare

Key Locations

Key Locations

  • Bayernwald Trenches
  • Tyne Cot
  • Menin Gate
  • Langemarck
  • Serre
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Omaha Beach
  • Ste Mere Eglise
  • Arromanches
  • Caen
  • Pointe du Hoc

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
  • Our covid-10 promise to you

The guides were fabulous

- Stephen Perse Foundation