Northern France & Belgium History School Trips & Tours - WWII

Covering the period from the outbreak of war until liberation, your tour will concentrate on the events of 1940 and 1944, giving your pupils a fascinating insight into the impact of the war in both France and Belgium.

By visiting sites significant to the conflict, your history school trip can provide interpretation of events and the tactics employed in events such as Operation Dynamo at Dunkirk and study Hitler’s Atlantic Wall at the French-Belgian Border. This is also a key area for V weapon sites.

 

Prices start from£169pp

Price Shown includes

  • 2 night’s full-board accommodation staying at NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem
  • Executive coach transportation from and to school and throughout your stay
  • Services of your own Group Co-ordinator (Groupie)
  • Organised evening activities
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • Free place ratio of 1 in 8

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from a zone A departure point in November 2018 and is subject to availability.


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On-tour support includes...

  • Your dedicated Group Co-ordinator, if staying at NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem, will ensure the smooth-running of your school tour, acting as all-round support for your group

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Top visits

Dunkirk

View the beach and the battle damage still evident in the town today and visit the British Memorial and cemetery. Sites also connected to the retreat to Dunkirk are:

Cassel: The fortified town was one of the strong-points of the evacuation corridor. Visit the cemetery and the main square, the scene of fierce fighting. 

Esquelbecq: The scene of a notorious massacre of British POWs by SS troops. The meadow and reconstructed barn are now preserved as a memorial to those who died. 

Furnes/Veurne: The town was the scene of heavy fighting as the British struggled to hold the beach area. A visit to the town cemetery reveals the cost in both military and civilian lives.

 

Calais

The Calais War Museum is situated in the giant Mako bunker, former headquarters of the German Navy. The museum describes what happened in and around the town, from the battles of May 1940 to the liberation in September 1944. It contains a number of fascinating exhibitions covering the Resistance and life under German occupation.

Mimoyecques

This former V3 site based south west of Calais now houses a fascinating museum. An on-site audio commentary enhances your group’s interpretation of the site. The weapon was meant to attack London and for this reason was called ‘The London Gun’.

The Atlantic Wall and Hitler’s V Weapons

A visit to the French–Belgian border o.ers a superb opportunity to study the development of military technology during WWII. The area contains some of the best preserved sections of The Atlantic Wall, the huge defensive system, much built by slave labour, which was constructed to defend Nazi Europe from Allied attack. Much evidence also survives to show the scale of the V weapon threat to Britain in the form of V1 and V2 weapons.

Battery Todt

A huge concrete blockhouse complex containing a museum telling the story of The Atlantic Wall and its construction.

Bois Des Huits Rues VI Launch Site

Site used to launch the flying bomb Hitler hoped would destroy London - the V1.

Cassel

The fortified town was one of the strong-points of the evacuation corridor. Visit the cemetery and the main square, the scene of fierce fighting.

Eperlecques

Home of the biggest bunker in the north of France.


Evening activites

  • Organised evening activities at NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem (including a French night, snail tasting, making traditional tarte au sucre, mini Olympics, a disco or karaoke, Superhero Challenge, NST’s Got Talent, boules...and much more!)
  • Excellent recreational facilities at the château (including a games room, a teachers’ bar, a shop, two football pitches, volleyball area and four hectacres of private grounds)

Study themes

  • The Failure of Peace (1918-1939)
  • The Retreat to Dunkirk & Operation Dynamo
  • The Phoney War
  • The Construction of the Atlantic Wall & V Weapon Sites using Slave Labour
  • Life in Nazi Occupied France & Belgium
  • Hitler’s New Weapons

Study levels

A-level

AS Level

GCSE


Expert's comment

This extensive conflict involved many of the world’s nations and cost tens of millions of lives. A tour can provide interpretation of events and the tactics employed in events such as Operation Dynamo at Dunkirk and study Hitler’s Atlantic Wall at the French-Belgian Border. This is also a key area for V weapon sites.

Jeff Garner, NST's Guided History Tours Programme Co-ordinator


Transport

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