Podcast Episodes

Trench Chat: War Cemeteries & Landscape with Tim Godden

In this latest Trench Chat we are joined by military historian Dr Tim Godden to discuss his research on the Junior Architects of the Imperial War Museum, and the design and meaning of the ‘Silent Cities’, the British cemeteries of the Great War. We also discuss Tim’s work as an artist, and how that connects…

Somme: Courcelette to Regina Trench

In this 50th Episode of the podcast, we return to home ground – the village of Courcelette on the Somme. We walk the Canadian attack route in the attack on the village, visit Courcelette British Cemetery and then look at the final stage of the battle around Regina Trench and Desire Trench. RELATED BOOKS Podcast…

Ypres: Hell Fire Corner

Along the old Roman Road between Ypres and Menin, was a road junction that became the main route to the front line: this was Hell Fire Corner, the most infamous spot on the Western Front. In this episode we walk from the centre of Ypres to the Lille Gate and along the old railway line…

Somme: Ginchy to LesBoeufs

We return to Picardy, for a walk across the ‘Forgotten Somme’: those places less visited on these battlefields of 1916, and see the villages of Ginchy and LesBoeufs, look at the story of the ‘Tally Ho VC’, of author Charles Dickens’ grandson killed near Ginchy, and discuss conditions in the dreadful Somme mud of the…

The Vimy Memorial

In this episode, we travel to Vimy Ridge in Northern France, taken by Canadian soldiers in April 1917. We walk from a series of preserved trenches and mine craters to the crest of the Ridge and look at the impressive Vimy Memorial unveiled in 1936. Has a memorial come to symbolise Canada’s connection to the…

Trench Chat: Battlefield Tourism and Landscape with Amy Harrison

In this episode, we are joined by Military Historian Amy Harrison to discuss her work as a Commonwealth War Graves Commission Intern, and her research into Battlefield Tourism and Landscape for the Ph.D. she is researching at the University of Kent. You can follow Amy Harrison on Twitter here: twitter.com/AmyHarrison19 You can help Amy with…

The Film 1917 Uncovered

In this episode we take a detailed look at the film 1917, examinging how it represents this period of the First World War, how it depicts the landscape of the Western Front and how it links us to the battlefields of the Hindenburg Line around Arras today. Military Historian Andy Robertshaw was one of the…

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,…

Walking The Somme: Authuille to Thiepval

In the shadow of Lutyens’ mighty Thiepval Memorial, we visit the graves of British soldiers in the picturesque Authuille Military Cemetery, discover how a Newcastle United player launched the attack here with a football on 1st July 1916, and find what remains of the pre-war village of Thiepval, more than a century after its destruction. …

Peace in No Man’s Land: The Christmas Truce of 1914

On a cold winter’s day in December 1914, the men of both sides emerged from their trenches. Not to fight, but to take part in the Christmas Truce. For a brief moment, there was Peace in No Man’s Land. But what is the real story of this famous event? The following are some recommended books…

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