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The Great War: A Comprehensive Survey

September 11-24, 2019

A BGES World War I Field University Program

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.


Stuart Mitchell
Jonathan Krause

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