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Diversity on the Western Front

Prices start from:

£115

per person

1 -
3 Days
World War 1
Belgium, France
12 - 300 travellers

Overview

The First World War brought together many soldiers from across the world, in particular those from the Empire countries. Into these stretches of trenches came over two and a half million men from the far-flung corners of the globe including India, The Caribbean, South Africa, Canada, Newfoundland, Australia and New Zealand, some came as volunteers but some did not.

This meant the full implications of this global conflict were really felt around the world, even in those places where no fighting took place. The Western Front was a key place that the men and women of many different nations would find themselves fighting side by side, regardless of colour, race, nationality or religion. For many people this was their first encounter with different people from across the Empire. During our tour to the Western Front, we will tell you many of the stories of these men and women who found themselves far, far away from home, how they maintained their national, cultural and religious identities in such difficult circumstances.

We will visit the battle sites where they fought, some of the many memorials and monuments which stand as testimony to their bravery and pay our respects at their final resting places, in the Commonwealth War Grave Cemeteries where those who did not get to go home now lay. We will also learn about those left back home, reading the letters sent to and from the front, which will allow us a small insight into what life was like at the front for these men and women and their families waiting at home. We will explore the issues of racism and prejudice that some of them encountered and the camaraderie experienced by the others.

The battles would claim the lives of hundreds and thousands of men from all sides, the contributions made by the many now Commonwealth countries who answered the call, coming from all corners of the globe, must never be forgotten. They served along our UK forces, defending the freedoms we enjoy today and the sacrifices they made are clear to see from the many memorials and cemeteries throughout the Western Front, visiting those sites helps to bring their stories alive.

Key Subject Knowledge

  • Medicine and medical evacuation
  • Women and the First World War
  • Diversity and the range of troops that served and where they came from
  • Technology and how it changed over the war
  • The Pals Battalions
  • Daily life in the trenches
  • The relationship between the Home Front and the Western Front
  • Propaganda and communication
  • Commemoration and legacy

 

Also available supporting elements of wider Humanities (geography, English, social sciences and citizenship)

  • The battlefield and the physical landscape
  • War poetry and war artists
  • Decision making in the British Armed Forces and the relationship between politicians and Generals
  • The different faiths that were in the British Forces

What’s included

Return Channel Crossings
Full services of an executive coach for the duration of your Battlefield Tour
Pick up and drop off from your chosen location
Full Board accommodation
Full Services of an expert Battlefield Guide
Entrance to a museum of your choice
Travel Insurance
Tailormade itinerary
1 free teacher for every 10 paying students
Full administration and booking service
24 hours on call Duty Manager whilst tour is operating

Not included

Inspection visit – available at additional cost
Items not clearly shown as included

Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary for a 2 day tour, all tours are personalised and once your tour is booked your expert guide will get in touch to start working with you to produce an itinerary for your bespoke tour.
Day 1:
Depart from your chosen pick-up point and head to Dover or Folkestone for your crossing, during our journey to the battlefields our guide will give you a full brief on the Great War. Our first stop is at Lijssenthoek CWGC Cemetery, site of a casualty clearing station and now a military cemetery where we find Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Chinese graves, alongside the graves of different Christian denominations. Heading into Ypres we will make a stop at Peking Camp, which was a base for the Chinese Labour Corps. At Hooge Crater Museum, the war comes to life, with full scale reconstructions of war scenes, an extensive medical display, including an original Ford T Ambulance and reconstructed German and British trenches. Learn about how the trenches were built and gain a greater understanding of trench diseases and their treatment, especially as administered by female nurses. Heading into Ypres we will visit the Menin Gate, where as well as the Memorial to the Missing, which contains the names of men from across the world. We will also visit a CWGC Cemetery where there are Maoris who served with the New Zealand Forces and the Indian Forces Memorial which is dedicated to the 130,000 Indian Forces who served in Flanders. Following dinner, we will participate in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.
Day 2:
Leaving Ypres this morning we make our way to Neuve Chapelle, as well as home to the Indian Memorial it is also the location of 13 cemeteries, many of which have a large number of Indian burials, including Zelobes which is the final resting place of over 100 burials all of which are Indian. Heading down to the Somme, we will visit Delville Wood, which is home to the South African Memorial, dedicated to the South African Forces who served in the Great War. Our final stop today as at the Arras Memorial to the Missing, which as well as commemorating 11 VC winners, we also find Lt Walter Tull, one of the most celebrated black British soldiers of the war. Following a career as a professional footballer, which includes playing for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town, he signed up in December 1914 enjoying a distinguished career. Sadly, during the First Battle of Bapaume, he lost his life on the 25th March 1918 whilst leading his men into battle. After paying our respects, we head back to the coast for our crossing to the UK.

All our tours and itineraries are tailormade and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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Price per person

48
1
from £115 pp
48
2
from £185 pp
48
3
from £285 pp

Our sample prices are per student, based on 44 students (+4 staff travelling free of charge) departing November 2022. Please note all prices and tours are subject to availability and prices may vary, depending on your bespoke package, what is included and the number of students and staff travelling.

Prices start from:

£115

per person

All our tours and itineraries are bespoke and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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