Ten minutes in the destroying – The first day of the Somme

Tour Introduction

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.

Tour Information


  • France

Key Locations:

  • Serre
  • Sunken Lane
  • Fricourt German Cemetery
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Thiepval Memorial

Transport Options:

  • Coach


  • 1 day

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Price Includes:

  • Fully guided
  • Tailor-made itinerary
  • An executive coach for your exclusive use
  • Return crossings with ferry or Eurotunnel
  • 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:

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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