Walking Cambrai: Havrincourt

Cambrai in November 1917 witnessed the first mass use of British Tanks in the Great War as battalions of the Tank Corps supported the infantry. On this walk we follow the men from the West Riding of Yorkshire in their attack at Havrincourt, look at the story of the chateau here, the West Riding Memorial, and visit a small ‘Comrade’s Cemetery’ neat Havrincourt Wood.

Podcast Extras: Havrincourt 1916/17

Podcast Extras: Havrincourt Today

10 Comments on “Walking Cambrai: Havrincourt

  1. I received copies of your Walking the Somme and Walking D-Day for Christmas. Looking forward to using them when I return to France.


  2. Another great listen. Here’s hoping that we are able to travel to France soon as I am keen to visit the places you talk about each week.

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  3. I’ve always been fascinated by maps so I always try to listen to Paul’s fantastic podcasts while studying the NLS trench map website (the transparency overlay slidey thing is amazing!). One thing struck me while listening to today’s podcast – at some point in the latter part of the war the colours of the respective British and German trenches were swapped around on the British maps. Firstly, did this not cause any confusion? And secondly, has Paul any plans for a podcast about the mapping of the trenches? (no pressure!)


  4. Excellent podcast and reminder of my trip with Leger to Cambrai in 2007 for the 90th anniversary, when I was lucky enough to see “Deborah” at Flesquieres. As always, it’s good that Paul covers, all aspects of the battle, e.g the role of artillery and not just the tanks.

    If anyone reading this is interested, there is a small monument to the 62nd division at St Oswald’s church, Winwick, just outside Warrington. I commemorates the attack at Bullecourt mentioned by Paul. Also does anyone recall a TV series in the mid 90s called Tales from the Map room? I’m sure that Richard Holmes presented one episode called a Wood called Bourlon ( I have the book of the same name). It covered the use of maps in the artillery preparation for Cambrai.

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      • Paul, thanks for confirming that. Good to know that I didn’t imagine it ! I have searched online for this episode but cannot find it. All I can find is a reference to another episode he presented about maps in Burma in WW2.

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  5. Paul, have you published anything on Cambrai such as Walking Cambrai. Just doing further reading for the Cambrai guide. Can you reply to the email address below please.

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