28 episodes

A mix of First World War history and battlefields with Military Historian, Paul Reed.

The Old Front Line Paul Reed

    • History
    • 4.9 • 182 Ratings

A mix of First World War history and battlefields with Military Historian, Paul Reed.

    Somme: Pozières to Martinpuich

    Somme: Pozières to Martinpuich

    In this episode, we walk the fields that link together an English composer, a Canadian who was one of three from the same street to be awarded the Victoria Cross, a black cat that went into battle in one of the first Tanks, and a young officer who...

    • 27 min
    Ypres: Hitler's War at Croonaert Wood

    Ypres: Hitler's War at Croonaert Wood

    On the slopes of the Messines Ridge, Croonaert Wood (or Bayernwald as the Germans called it) was one of the places connected to Adolf Hitler's story in the Great War. We uncover his connection to the fighting here in 1914, look at the role of the French...

    • 29 min
    Trench Chat: WW1 Geology with Peter Doyle

    Trench Chat: WW1 Geology with Peter Doyle

    Why is the Geology of the First World War so important? In this latest Trench Chat, we are joined by Professor Peter Doyle to discuss landscape and memory, and how the geology of Mud, Chalk, and Rock affected the battlefields of the Western Front. 

    • 59 min
    Somme: Courcelette to ADANAC Cemetery

    Somme: Courcelette to ADANAC Cemetery

    In this episode, we are back on the Somme and follow in the footsteps of Canadian soldiers who fought at Courcelette in 1916. On this tiny battlefield, more than 6,000 Canadians went missing; we hear some of their stories and walk from the village to...

    • 28 min
    Ypres: A Walk to the Front Line

    Ypres: A Walk to the Front Line

    In this episode, we follow a route to the front line used by soldiers during the Great War. Starting in Ypres, we walk via Shrapnel Corner, Zillebeke Lake, Zillebeke village, and up to the area beyond Maple Copse where the front lines were located....

    • 43 min
    Walking The Somme: Fricourt

    Walking The Somme: Fricourt

    In this episode, we walk the battlefield at Fricourt on the Somme. It's a walk very much connected to regiments from Yorkshire who fought here on 1st July 1916: the First Day of the Battle of the Somme. We visit cemeteries, walk across the front lines,...

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

jane@shepsbush ,

Ypres : A walk to the front line

Quite literally a tour de force of history podcasts . I’m a voracious listener of podcasts from all genres and Peter’s knowledge of his subject the gentle stroll through the scarred landscape over a century beyond the battles is up there with anything being produced. This episode in particular is a gem

Ted4411 ,

Simply the Best

This is a wonderful podcast series, I cannot as a keen World War One reader and listener no recommend. Unfortunately due to illness I will not get to go to these battlefields but Paul Reed takes me as close as possible.

Grantp08 ,

Excellent WW1 podcast

These podcasts have been a welcome distraction during lockdown. Always informative and entertaining yet still very respectful. I look forward to Saturday mornings and try and trace the routes on Google Earth!

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