22-25 April 2016: Conflict between France and Germany, 1870-1, 1914, 1940 – The Battlefields of Sedan, the Marne and Verdun
The University of Buckingham has partnered with a professional tour company, The Cultural Experience, to provide a scholarly, informative and deeply rewarding experience of one of modern Europe’s most important theatres.
Led by Professor Saul David and a distinguished group of experts, this tour explores an area of eastern France that, on three separate occasions over a period of seventy-five years, was the epicentre of conflicts between the French Republic and Germany. The locations to be visited were strategically crucial in terms of attack and defence during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, the First World War, and the German Blitzkrieg of 1940. BT 2016 Brochure
For further details and to book a place on the tour, contact:
The Cultural Experience, 8 Barnack Business Park, Blakey Road, Salisbury, SP1 2LP. Tel: 0345 475 1815 email@example.com
27 September-5 October 2009: Lectures on The World ship
Saul will join the ship at Kobe, Japan, and leave it at Inchon in South Korea. During the voyage to Inchon he will give three lectures on the origins, course and outcome of the Korean War of 1950-2. For further details, see the ship’s website: www.aboardtheworld.com
In 2007, to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Indian Mutiny, Saul led the following tours to India:
11-23 February 2007: Pettitt’s Indian Mutiny Tour
The Indian Mutiny was the bloodiest insurrection in the history of the British Empire. It began in May 1857 with a large-scale rising by native troops of the Bengal Army, and soon developed into a general rebellion as thousands of discontented civilians joined in. For a time the very fate of British India hung in the balance. But the arrival of a steady stream of reinforcements finally tipped the balance the British way. The key events include the epic siege and subsequent relief of Lucknow, the Cawnpore massacres and the storming of Delhi, the centre of rebel power.
The tour covered the three main centres of rebel resistance – Delhi, Lucknow and Kanpur (Cawnpore) – as well as Mirath (Meerut) where the mutiny began, Agra where the British were besieged in the fort for three months, Gwalior where the last major battle was fought, and Jhansi, the home of the celebrated Rani (the ‘Indian Joan of Arc’) who died in battle and is still revered in India today.
7-17 November 2007: Bolt & Butcher Indian Mutiny Tour
The second tour took place in November to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the Relief of Lucknow. The climax was a visit to the Lucknow Residency on 17th November 2007-the actual anniversary of Sir Colin Campbell’s relief of the siege. En route to Lucknow we visited the other two main centres of rebel resistance – Delhi and Kanpur (Cawnpore). Other sites visited were Meerut where the mutiny began, Agra where the British were besieged in the fort for three months, Gwalior where the last major battle was fought, and Jhansi, the home of the celebrated Rani (the ‘Indian Joan of Arc’).
Tragically, just a few weeks after the end of the tour, the organizer Richard Hogg died of a heart attack. He had become a good friend and is sadly missed.