Podcast Episodes

Third Ypres Remembered

On 31st July 1917 the Third Battle of Ypres – or the Battle of Passchendaele as it is often called – began with an attack on a forteen mile front near the city of Ypres. In this Anniversary episode we look at the first day of Third Ypres; who attacked, what happened and what were…

The Loos Memorial

The Loos Memorial to the Missing is sited along the old Roman Road between Bethune and Lens, right in the heart of the Loos Battlefield. Here we look at the fighting in this part of the Western Front, the background to the Missing, and examine some stories of those commemorated here: from a Major-General to…

Somme 105: The Battle Continues

As the Battle of the Somme continued, it took the British Army into the ‘Horseshoe of Woods’ that characterised the next phase of the fighting here in July 1916. As the 105th Anniversary of the Somme continues, we look at how the battle progressed.  SUGGESTED READING: Podcast Extras:

The Western Front: WW1 Trench Warfare

The Great War went from a mobile war in 1914 to a static conflict with hundreds of miles of trenches across France and Flanders. How did trench warfare come about, what were the trenches that crisscrossed the battlefield and what were the differences between Allied and German trenches?  WW1 VETERAN IN THE TRENCHES AT VIMY…

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 the men from the medical services as they struggled to save…

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…

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 a father and son who were both awarded the Victoria Cross. …

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 British Tommy.  RECOMMENDED READING: Podcast Extras Podcast Extras: Ploegsteert Today

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 TheBattlefieldTours.

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 Podcast Extras: Hull Pals

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