The Battle of the Somme was intended to be the ‘Big Push’ designed to break through German defences on the Western Front and win the war. As we now know the first day of this battle, which would continue through the summer of 1916, was to prove the worst day in the history of the British Army.
Kitchener Armies, which had been recruited on a wave of patriotism from offices, cricket and football teams, mines and factories and formed into the phenomenon known as the ‘Pals Battalions’ would bear the brunt. By last light on 1st July 1916 some 60,000 British soldiers had become casualties, with almost 20,000 killed. Their losses on the day were to reverberate around Britain’s cities, towns and villages, the effects of which were still felt in the mid-1960s.
This 1-day school battlefield tour of the Somme is ideal for those wishing to gain an understanding of the battle and its consequences both on the Army and back home. Whilst exploring the slaughter of the first day we will go on to consider the lessons learned by the British Army over the months that followed, putting the Battle of the Somme into a wider context.
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These tours support all programmes of study and specifications covering:
War and British Society
Causes and Events of the First World War
Britain, Europe and the Wider World: 1901-Present Day
Britain at War
The Impact and Experience of war in Britain
The Changing Nature of Warfare
Warfare Through Time
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