This Day In History

1918 Battle of the Selle. In a carefully-planned attack, rehearsed over 5 days, 5th East Lancashires mount a remarkably successful night assault near Briastre. They move off at 2 a.m., in a heavy downpour which lasted throughout the engagement, to the sound of the Regimental March being played by the battalion band. Met by heavy machine-gun fire and an artillery barrage which causes 50 casualties, they charge through with a yell and are on their final objective well before the 7 a.m. deadline set, taking 300 prisoners in the process. Casualties are 2 officers and 13 men dead, and 6 officers and 109 men wounded. Some 22 German dead were counted on the battalion front. Study of the ground the next day shows that the battalion had gone through no fewer than 6 defensive belts, including a very strongly-held railway embankment, before reaching its final objective. The 300 prisoners were ‘of far better physique and appearance’ than any of the enemy previously encountered, and turn out to be picked troops. They said that they were members of Kaiser Wilhelm’ bodyguard; that they had never before known defeat; and that they had been sent to hold the line at all costs.
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Education

Working in conjunction with Lancashire County Council, the Lancashire Infantry Museum provides unique and historically-authentic locations for interactive learning. At present interactive education sessions for pupils studying World War I at Key Stages 2 & 3 are offered, but it is intended that new sessions covering World War II at the same levels will be available in the near future.

A Call To Arms – KS 2 & 3 (2 hours)

Through active participation, role play and experience-based learning, take a fresh new look at World War I, within our unique and inspiring venue.

School-1

Take a journey back in time and have an experience like no other. Join our WWI Recruitment Officer and Regimental Sergeant as they recruit you into the British Army. In this fully interactive and inspirational learning experience, discover the “joys” of square-bashing, learn about and handle basic equipment, explore the causes of World War I, and delve into regimental histories.

The Recruitment Officer will then take you to his authentic WWI office where he will explain what it means to sign up for the Army, and if you are deemed ready you will be given your Attestation Papers to sign.

Our Sergeant will take you through all the information you need to survive in the trenches. He will teach you about trench slang, food, hygiene, the safest time to go to the toilet and much, much more. He will even tell you the tale of how the museum’s Maxim machine gun was captured in battle.

Interactive Learning

Interactive Learning

To book a session

Please contact David Brookhouse at david.brookhouse@lancashire.gov.uk or Tel: 01772 535075

Costs

£2.50 per LCC pupil                 £3.00 per non-LCC pupil