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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.

    Third Ypres Remembered

    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 casualties? 
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    • 45 min
    The Loos Memorial

    The Loos Memorial

    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 the son of Rudyard Kipling, to the men from Sussex, many of whom died at Richebourg.  
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    • 45 min
    Somme 105: The Battle Continues

    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. 
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    • 43 min
    The Western Front: WW1 Trench Warfare

    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? 
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    • 57 min
    Walking Ypres: Wieltje to the Steenbeek River

    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 the wounded, including Captain Noel Chavasse VC & Bar. 
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    • 58 min
    Somme 105th Anniversary

    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 7.30 am, 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 the First Day of the Somme means to me, reflecting on the experience of the veterans I interviewed.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
271 Ratings

271 Ratings

MartinL288 ,

Superb series

Thank you so much for creating this series. If anyone has visited any of the battlefields and cemeteries, you’ll know the feelings evoked, and this series just captures that through and through. Packed with history and snippets that bring it all to life.

Wernickes2021 ,

Creative with sensitivity

A brilliant Podcast. Storys from both side of the battles. I was wondering if there coudl be a cast that is about Mont Huon and those who are buried and remmebred there.

sausageanbeans ,

Roy w

Once again a great listen

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