Agincourt and The Somme

Tour Introduction

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 industrial 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 defensive ground 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.

 

Tour Information

Destination:

  • France

Key Locations:

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

Transport Options:

  • Coach


Duration:

  • 2 days

The guides really made the experience special for the pupils

Fort Hill School


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


Topics Supported

These tours support all programmes of study and specifications covering:

Warfare Through Time

The Changing Nature of Warfare

Britain at War

The Impact and Experience of war in Britain


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