To make the most of the unique experience, Cadets taking part in Army Cadet Armistice 2018 and other battlefield tours prepared carefully. Many researched their family histories to find out about family members who were involved in the conflict, or took time to find out about people from their local area who took part. Many ACF counties also have regimental affiliations and cadets had the opportunity to visit their regiment and learn about its history.
As a memento of the event itself, all cadets taking part in Army Cadet Armistice 2018 received a copy of a special book written for young people, explaining the causes of WW1, the progress of the War, medicine, military equipment, and life in the trenches. The book also explains the role of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to mark, record and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of the Commonwealth of Nations’ military service members who died in the two World Wars.
2Lt Claire Lomas from Northumbria ACF comments: "Northumbria ACF took over 100 cadets and adults over to France to take part in the Army Cadet Armistice 2018 programme. As a county we have also been heavily involved in the Army's Op Reflect programme and the Heritage Lottery funded project Tyneside Scottish 100 programme.
"All of these projects help young people to learn about the causes of WW1, to understand the impact of war on their families and on local communities, and to appreciate the sacrifices others have made for the freedoms they enjoy today."