“Over There,” An Educational Journey through The Great War

September 12-24, 2019

A BGES World War I Commemorative Field University Program

Ruins at Ypres
Dr. Birkhead. Glass Negative taken between 1917 and 1920. American National Red Cross photograph collection (Library of Congress)

The name–the Great War–says it all. Long dwarfed in American memory by the Second World War, the imprint of World War I and its permanent effect on all of Europe remains in fields of poppies in Flanders and elsewhere. It was a war of static trenches, poison gas, political upheaval, and hideous casualties. America arrived late but paid a significant tithe of blood as many of the great names of WWII earned their credentials in 1918.

This ambitious program takes us to key locations not available to the general public and allows us to stay in sacred and important cantonment areas. Tours in London are followed by a two-day symposium at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which is hosted and executed by the War Studies Department faculty and includes special meals and access. We then embark upon a comprehensive tour from Dunkirk to Ypes along the front to Verdun and closing with the Treaty of Versailles. This is both an important tour for fans of the American Doughboys and those who want to understand the larger ramifications of the war that led to the Second Great War.



Dr. Stuart Mitchell is Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he specializes in operational performance, learning, and leadership in the British Army. He has over five years’ experience leading both military and civilian groups around First and Second World War sites and has played a major role in the British Army’s commemoration of the First World War centenary. He is an editor of the British Journal of Military History and a member of the British Commission for Military History. Stuart has published on a variety of topics including the battle of the Somme, the campaign in German East Africa, and learning in the British military since the Napoleonic Wars.

Dr. Jonathan Krause received his B.A. in History from the University of California, Riverside, before going on to do an M.A. and Ph.D in the War Studies Department at King’s College, London. He has taught at a range of both higher education and professional military education institutions, including the University of Oxford and the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Shrivenham. Jonathan’s current research focuses on the anticolonial rebellions in Africa and Southeast Asia during the First World War, funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council. He is a research fellow at the University of Oxford and teaching fellow in the History of Modern Warfare at King’s College London.