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Walk the battlefields of the First World War with Military Historian, Paul Reed. In these podcasts, Paul brings together over 35 years of studying the Great War, from the stories of veterans he interviewed, to when he spent more than a decade living on the Old Front Line in the heart of the Somme battlefields.

The Old Front Line Paul Reed

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Walk the battlefields of the First World War with Military Historian, Paul Reed. In these podcasts, Paul brings together over 35 years of studying the Great War, from the stories of veterans he interviewed, to when he spent more than a decade living on the Old Front Line in the heart of the Somme battlefields.

    Somme: Villers-Bretonneux 1918

    Somme: Villers-Bretonneux 1918

    In this episode, we look at the fighting around Villers-Bretonneux on the Somme in April 1918, seeing where Australian and British soldiers stopped the German advance on the key city of Amiens. We visit the cemeteries and memorials, and see where Tanks fought Tanks for the first time in history. 
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Forty Years on the Old Front Line

    Forty Years on the Old Front Line

    This episode marks forty years since I first visited the battlefields of the Great War. We look back over those four decades and discuss what those first trips meant to me, what it was like to live on the battlefields, my work as a Battlefield Guide and examine some of my favourite locations that I've visited over the years.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Behind The Lines at Ypres

    Behind The Lines at Ypres

    In this episode we go behind the lines in Flanders and look at the key locations that enabled the British and Commonwealth forces to keep millions of men on the front line near Ypres during the Great War.
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    • 58 min
    Great War Objects: Touching The Past

    Great War Objects: Touching The Past

    In this episode of the podcast we look at several objects connected to the First World and ask what they tell us about the wider history of the period and those who fought and died. 
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Great War Veterans

    Great War Veterans

    In this episode we look at the experience of war and how it affected veterans who returned home and live long lives. When did they feel able to talk about the Great War? What did they say? And how was it possible to conduct interviews with Great War veterans in the 1980s and 90s.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Vimy Ridge In A Day

    Vimy Ridge In A Day

    The capture of Vimy Ridge by the Canadian Corps in April 1917 was one of Canada's iconic moments in the Great War. In another of our Battlefields In A Day series we look at the wider Vimy Ridge battlefield, seeing some lesser-known locations and getting an understanding of this important battle. 
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    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
340 Ratings

340 Ratings

ChasBloxam ,

Absorbing.

These Old Front Line podcasts are a well paced and detailed walk through the history of our grandparents and great grandparents.
I have visited and studied the western front for 20+ years. Paul continues to inform me and add to my reading list and location list. May he never stop!

PatnLin ,

Brilliant

I stumbled across this podcast reading through the new leger brochure, I attended a tour to Ypres some 20+ years ago led by Paul who was fantastic and informative. His descriptive powers of Delville Wood have stayed with me for all these years and now I have a chance to jump in again wit these podcasts.

MikeStalybridge ,

Brilliant podcast

Hi, having only recently found this podcast I could not be happier. Extremely interesting and very well presented I have binged listened them. Looking forward to more in the future.

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