Category: Podcast Episode

Walking Ypres: Wieltje to the Steenbeek River

In this episode, we look at how the Northumbrian Territorials were thrown into battle at Ypres in April 1915, look at Wieltje as a front line village, and walk the ground where the opening phase of the Third Battle of Ypres took place following… Continue Reading “Walking Ypres: Wieltje to the Steenbeek River”

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… Continue Reading “Somme 105th Anniversary”

Walking The Somme: High Wood

High Wood was one of the most fought-over corners of the Somme battlefields in 1916. We take a walk from Caterpillar Valley Cemetery via Longueval, to stand beneath the dark trees of the wood. We learn about New Zealand’s Unknown Warrior, Indian Cavalry, and… Continue Reading “Walking The Somme: High Wood”

Walking Ypres: Plugstreet Wood

South of the city of Ypres in Belgium, a large area of woodland was swallowed up in the fighting of 1914. For the next four years, the British and Commonwealth forces held the line in and around Ploegsteert Wood – “Plugstreet Wood” to the… Continue Reading “Walking Ypres: Plugstreet Wood”

Canadian Remembrance Tourism with Samantha Cowan

In this ‘Trench Chat’ we talk to Canadian Tour operator Samantha Cowan about battlefield tourism coming to the Great War battlefields from Canada. What inspires Canadians to come? What does Vimy mean to them? Samantha shares her years of experience with her tour company… Continue Reading “Canadian Remembrance Tourism with Samantha Cowan”

Arras: The Pals at Oppy Wood

The story of the Northern Pals battalions who marched to war in 1914 is forever linked to the Somme, but their war continued and in May 1917 they found themselves up against a ‘dark wood’ – Oppy Wood, near Arras. RECOMMENDED READING: Podcast Extras… Continue Reading “Arras: The Pals at Oppy Wood”

Walking The Somme: Albert

Located at the heart of the Somme battlefields, the town of Albert, known as ‘Bert to the troops, was the route to the front line – all roads led there in 1916. Here we look at what the town meant to those who served… Continue Reading “Walking The Somme: Albert”

WW1 at Home: War Graves Week

It’s War Graves Week! The Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintain all cemeteries and memorials from both World Wars worldwide. This week sees the first War Graves Week and the focus is on the graves we see at home, in the cemeteries close to where… Continue Reading “WW1 at Home: War Graves Week”

Trench Chat: WW1 Machine Guns with Richard Fisher

In this latest Trench Chat, we are joined by Richard Fisher of the Vickers Machinegun Collection & Research Association to talk about the Machine Gun Corps, Graham Seton Hutchison (‘Hutchy’) and did they make tea from the hot water in their Vickers gun water… Continue Reading “Trench Chat: WW1 Machine Guns with Richard Fisher”

Books & Battlefields: Somme

Something slightly different this week: we look at the village of Bazentin-le-Petit on the Somme battlefields through the lens of three classic memoirs of the Great War. These include Robert Graves Goodbye To All That and Frank Richards Old Soldiers Never Die. How important… Continue Reading “Books & Battlefields: Somme”