Battlefields of the First World War from your Armchair - 2 Night : Simon Gregor

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Monday, 06 January 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 08 January 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 9

Tutor: Simon Gregor

Visitors started going to the battlefields of the First World War almost as soon as the conflict ended, to pay their respects and to learn more about the war itself.  Many people continue to do the same today – and this course is ideal either for those planning to make such a trip, or for those who would like to learn more without having to cross the Channel!  From the comfort of Denman, you will be introduced to many of the key locations and stories on what became the Western Front – 400 or more miles of trenches running through France and Belgium.

The opening evening will provide an introduction to the conflict itself – what was the context for the outbreak of war; how, when and why did it start; and who were the key figures involved?

On the second day, we will look at the war through the lens of a number of key battles ranging across the 1914-1918 period.  The focus will be not on detailed military history, but rather on charting the ebb and flow of the war, and its impact on the men and women involved.  We will draw on personal stories from those who were there –the commanders, the nurses and doctors, the airmen, the tunnellers, the ordinary soldiers in the front-line trenches, and also those men and women back at home.  Simon will also use his own library of photographs to show how these battlefields look today, and how the legacy of the war is still written in the landscape.

On the final morning, we will look at how the war ended, and what its legacy was; and also touch on the historical debate about the extent to which this conflict was the prelude to the even more destructive one which broke out in 1939.

This course will provide powerful insights not just into the landscapes of war and the history of the conflict, but into the stories of the men and women whose lives were affected by these events. 

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