Somme 105th Anniversary

Today is the 105th Anniversary of the First Day of the Battle of the Somme. The battle began on this day at 7.30am when the British soldiers went Over The Top on a perfect summer’s morning. On this anniversary we look at the background to 1st July 1916, visit the Thiepval Memorial, and discuss what the First Day of the Somme means to me, reflecting on the experience of the veterans I interviewed.

9 Comments on “Somme 105th Anniversary

  1. Thank you, Paul, for marking this anniversary

    Those who took part will Never be Forgotten.

    Whilst we cannot be present in person, through you we are there in thought and respect.

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  2. Dear Paul,                    I hope all is very well with you and yours. Needless to say that I am enjoying your weekly Pod Casts dropping into my mail box every Saturday.       I have just received the latest, The 105th Anniversary of the The First Day of The Battle of The Somme.Is it me simply being dim, as I am not the sharpest tool in the box at times but I am struggling to click a link to listen to your thoughts and reflections.       I am sure I have missed something but cannot quite see where or what.           Please put me straight. I apologise for my stupidity.                        All best wishes and kind regards,                                         David. Sent from Mail for Windows 10 From: Old Front LineSent: 01 July 2021 07:30To: david1947hanmore@gmail.comSubject: [New post] Somme 105th Anniversary oldfrontline posted: " Today is the 105th Anniversary of the First Day of the Battle of the Somme. The battle began on this day at 7.30am when the British soldiers went Over The Top on a perfect summer’s morning. On this anniversary we look at the background to 1st July 1916"

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  3. Thanks once again Paul.
    I, like you, will be thinking of Bmdr Herbert Brockett RHA, like Eric Heaton found after the battle and buried in Hawthorn No.1.
    Whilst working today I was fortunate to have a Skylark above me. It at least gave me a sense of where I should like to have been.

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  4. Thanks once again Paul and yes you did transport me back to the Somme. All your podcasts transport me back to wherever you are on the Old Front Line.

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