World War I Battlefields

Visiting the World War battlefields and monuments that pay tribute to those who fought is a thought-provoking experience that will boost student interest and deepen their understanding of European history.

Our programme is in association with Captain Donal Buckley who is the top authority in Ireland on Military history in Ireland and all over the world.

World War I Battlefield Tours

During the Great War 230,000 Irishmen volunteered for service in the British Army. The Ypres Salient and the Somme bear testimony to these men and many thousands of Irish graves and memorials here remember these Irish soldiers, 50,000 of whom were killed. Our Military Heritage tours present the history of the Great War from the perspective of the Irish soldiers and focuses on their contribution to the allied forces.

The 16th Irish Division and the 36th Ulster Division fought on the Somme battlefields in 1916 before heading towards the Ypres Salient area, where they were engaged alongside each other at the battles of Messines and Langemarck, in June and August 1917 respectively.

More Military Tours:

*War of Independence & Civil War*The Troubles in Dublin 1916-1922*Warfare in Ireland 1649-1691*1798 The Year of the French

*From Rebellion to Holocaust to Independence

*On the Trail of the Irish Soldier in the American Civil War

Poland & Germany
*Holocaust: The Trail of Horror in Krakow, Auschwitz and Berlin

Bosnia & Croatia
*The Breakup of Yugoslavia

*The Peninsular War

For additional information and assistance with planning your next school trip, please contact one of our Schools & College Tours Specialists on 01 241 0800 or email

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The Ypres Salient was formed during the First Battle of Ypres in October and November 1914, when the allied forces succeeded in securing Ypres, pushing the German forces back to the Passchendaele Ridge. read more

The Somme battlefields are covered with memorials to units and individuals that fought and died there in 1916. read more

The Gallipoli campaign took place between February 1915 and January 1916 in an effort to take the Dardanelles from the Turkish Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany and Austria. Considered a disaster with far-reaching effects in all the countries involved, the battle claimed the lives of circa 3,500 Irish men. read more

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