Old Front Line

The Old Front Line

The Old Front Line is a new WW1 podcast

with Military Historian Paul Reed.

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The Latest Podcast Episodes

Ypres: Across the Messines Ridge

In this episode we walk from the village of Wytschaete (‘Whitesheet’ to the soldiers), along part of the Messines Ridge, scene of fighting in 1917, and visit three small battlefield cemeteries, reflecting on how we connect with these comrade’s burial grounds of the Great War. RECOMMENDED READING: Podcast Extras:

WW1 at Home: Mells, Somerset

With the Great War battlefields still seeming far away, this week we travel to a picturesque church in Somerset to look at memorials to men bound together by family, sacrifice and duty, and in the churchyard discover the grave of one of the major Great War poets: Siegfried Sassoon. RECOMMENDED READING: Podcast Extras:

A Space Has Been Reserved

After the Great War, more than half a million casualties had marked graves. A decision was made to mark them permanently with headstones and allow the families of the fallen a chance to add their own inscription; more than a century later what do they tell us about grief and loss, sacrifice and service, and…