Day School: The Awesome Remains of the World Wars

Ref: C3744256

Discover how you can still see throughout the Continent so many instances of the military infrastructure created in the two World Wars. Study the forts of the French Maginot Line, Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, the massive Flak Towers still haunting Berlin and Vienna, James Bond-style V2 launch complexes, massive U-Boat pens dotted along the French Atlantic coast, and a destroyer set half way up an Italian mountain! The course also reviews the environs and experiences of British prisoners of war, famous examples of the fine art of the wars, and the architecture of the major memorials.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To give an insight into the sheer scale of historic military structures from the World Wars that still remains throughout Europe and to assess how the architecture and technology of this period affected post-war design.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the launch complex for Hitler's V2 "terror weapon" that is sited inland of Boulogne.
  • Name two of the French ports on the Atlantic coast where you can still visit massive U-Boat pens built in the 2nd World War.
  • Describe the line of defensive fortifications built by the French along their German border during the 1930's.
  • Describe the hill in Flanders used by "The Grand Old Duke of York" for exercising his troops.
  • Describe the extraordinary monument erected above Lake Garda in recognition of the exploits of an Italian leader and war hero in the Great War.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Day School: The Awesome Remains of the World Wars

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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