Category: Somme

Somme: La Boisselle to Contalmaison

We begin Season 4 of the podcast with a walk between the Somme villages of La Boisselle and Contalmaison, the scene of heavy fighting in July 1916. We see memorials, battlefield cemeteries and discover the stories of those who walked here more than a… Continue Reading “Somme: La Boisselle to Contalmaison”

The Somme In A Day

In the second in our series of Battlefields In A Day, we travel to the Somme battlefields in Northern France. The Somme was one of the defining battles of the Great War and we follow it’s story from beginning to end, seeing some of… Continue Reading “The Somme In A Day”

100th Episode: Across The Old Front Line

To commemorate one hundred episodes of the podcast we take a journey along the Western Front visiting four locations from Flanders to the Somme to Verdun to the Vosges. What does the landscape of the Great War mean to us? The Old Front Line… Continue Reading “100th Episode: Across The Old Front Line”

Poets on the Somme

In this episode, we follow Great War poets Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon into the trenches near Fricourt at the ‘Bois Fran├žais’ during the months before the 1916 battle and learn about how the death of a much-beloved comrade affected them both. RECOMMENDED READING:… Continue Reading “Poets on the Somme”

Somme: Heilly Station Cemetery

In this episode we are Behind the Lines on the Somme, starting in the small village of Heilly, and looking at how soldiers were billeted in places like this, we then walk down to the railway station and examine the use of railways on… Continue Reading “Somme: Heilly Station Cemetery”