In the first four decades of the twentieth century, the mass violence of war defined Europe, and by extension Australia. It was epochal in character and, like most epochal forces in history, its causes were both short and long term. This specialist tour looks at key aspects of the First and Second World Wars in Western Europe in an attempt to define and understand the age. The tour also focuses on the often accelerated advances in medicine during the war years. Travel through key sites along the Western Front in France and Belgium and continue to Germany in the company of tour leader Paul Luckin, who will provide talks that give context to the visits. There is also an optional pre tour extension to Normandy.
The wars of the early twentieth century were defined by ideology and psychology. The ideological component exploited existing social and political cultures - racial theories of 'inferiority', the blending of popular sovereignty with nationalist ideology, colonial imperialism - and the use of propaganda methods to influence the support of a population.
This tour examines the period from 1913 - 1945 and continues to the Cold War. It encompasses the psychological aspects of war (such as the handling of shellshock, the changing attitudes to war as civilians became drawn into the war in ever greater numbers, the instatement of commemorations and remembrances and the treatment of veterans) as well as how psychology was manipulated by eg the Nazis in their propaganda. It examines developments in military medicine and also darker aspects, such as Nazi medicine. Visit the major sites of the conflicts on the Western Front and in Germany and gain a deeper insight into this tumultuous period of history.
Dr Paul Luckin AM MB.BCh.(Rand.), D.A.(S.A.), F.F.A.(S.A.), M.MED.ANAESTHESIA (Natal), FANZCA is an anaesthetist in Brisbane. He started training in rescue as an ambulance paramedic in Tasmania before studying medicine in South Africa, where he spent 8 years in a Mountain Rescue Team. Paul served on the Tasmanian Ambulance Service Medical Advisory Council, was Director of the Advanced Airway Management Training Program and was President of Royal Life Saving Society Tasmania Branch.
Paul teaches Search and Rescue at the state and national level and is on the directing staff of the National Police Search and Rescue Managers Course. He provides advice on survivability during Search and Rescue operations to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, and Police Search and Rescue teams across the nation, in PNG and the Solomon Islands.
As a Captain in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve, Paul has served in Bougainville, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, in the Resuscitation and Retrieval Team for the victims of the Bali bombs, in the first medical team into Banda Aceh following the tsunami, and in Afghanistan. He is Medical Director, Medical Services Branch, St John Ambulance Queensland, and has been invested as a Commander of the Order of St John (CStJ). For his work in SAR, in 2006 Paul received the Australian National Search & Rescue Award, and in 2015 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia, AM, for significant service to the community through emergency medicine, and as an authority on survivability in search and rescue operations.
Ground only cost: USD $4,889 pp sharing