Operation Dynamo – Dunkirk
3 days/2 night from only £183pp
In Spring 1940 over 350,000 troops were miraculously evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk after being stranded as a result of Hitler’s Blitzkrieg strategy. This poignant but hugely educational tour examines the ‘Operation Dynamo’ campaign, exploring former battleground sites and the memorials that act as a reminder of the many who perished. The area also offers a chance to study the development of German military technology, including the construction of almost impenetrable bunkers, ‘doodlebug’ rockets, and superguns.
Day 1, Travel to Dunkirk. Guided ‘beach battle damage study’ and visit to the Operation Dynamo Museum. Evening meal and overnight in Dunkirk area.
Day 2, Morning visit to Cassel an important strategic centre during the evacuation and Esquelbec site of the infamous massacre of British POWs by SS troops. Afternoon visit to Battery Todt and the Atlantic Wall to examine military development during the war. Built using slave labour – the Atlantic Wall is a well preserved legacy of the Nazi’s huge defensive system. Here your students will take a guided tour to learn about scale of the Nazi’s war technology and the threat to Britain. Formerly part of the German’s Atlantic Wall defences the Battery Todt bunker now houses a fascinating collection of WW2 memorabilia including a supergun. Evening meal and overnight accommodation.
Day 3, Morning visit to the Calais War Museum situated in the former HQ of the German Navy. The exhibition depicts life in the important port during the Siege of Calais in May 1940 through to liberation in 1944. Return to the UK.
[/table] Curriculum focus:
- AQA GCSE B: Britain at War & British people in War
- Edexcel GCSE A: The impact of war in Britain 1914-1955
Feel free to contact us to tailor your own tour. 0845 130 6070
✓ Use of the coach during the tour
✓ Return ferry crossing via Dover / Calais
✓ Accommodation on a B&B basis
✓ Multi-bedded rooms for students
✓ Single/twin rooms for leaders
✓ Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
✓ Comprehensive travel pack
✓ 1:10 leader place ratio