One of our First World War School Trips
The Verdun battlefield is dramatically and physically different to those on the Western Front. It straddles both sides of the River Meuse which flows through wonderful scenery and we gain some magnificent views from the dominating ridge lines that surround Verdun. This is a tour that explores many of the forts – destroyed and otherwise, miles of underground tunnels and gun positions, trenches and museums. We will discuss the valiant feats of French soldiery such as the not so prescient Colonel Driant’s defence at the Bois de Caures, the desperate fight to recapture the easily relinquished Fort Douaumont, the keystone of the Verdun defences and Major Reynal’s month-long isolated defence of Fort Vaux.
Suggested School Trip Itinerary
Day 1 - We meet our coach and depart school early morning to make our way for our midday sailing to Calais. Once in France we head for our Hotel in the beautiful city of Reims. Introductory walk and talk about the days that follow.
Day 2 - We visit Verdun Citadel with a ride on their unique underground train. Fort Duourmont Museum, French cemetery, Ossuary and the fascinating 'Trainche de Baionettes'.
Day 3 - We visit the ghost commune of Cumeieres Le Mort Homme, Hill 304 and the American cemetery at Romagne. We finish with a visit to the open air musem at Ravin de Genie.
Day 4 - We bid farewell to Reims and make our way back to the UK via a stop at Vimy Ridge. Now owned by the Canadian State this is where just under 11,000 Canadian men were killed or wounded during the battle of The Somme. It is now a memorial park.
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