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.
The guides really made the experience special for the pupils
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