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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.

    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
    Somme: Across the Pozières Ridge

    Somme: Across the Pozières Ridge

    In this episode we travel to the Somme battlefields of 1916, see the ground where men of the 13th Rifle Brigade fought in a tragic attack, and walk the route the ANZACs took into Pozières village when they took it, see where Albert Jacka VC might have been awarded a bar to his Victoria Cross, and ending on the ground where the Canadians made their assault on Courcelette in September 1916. 
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Arras In A Day

    Arras In A Day

    In the latest of our Battlefields In A Day series we travel to Arras in Northern France to visit some key locations connected to the fighting here in 1917-1918; from the Arras Memorial to the key battle sites, ground connected to the 1917 movie and the ground fought over by Australians in 1917 and Canadians in 1918. A separate Battlefields In A Day covering Vimy Ridge will come later!
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Somme: La Boisselle to Contalmaison

    Somme: La Boisselle to Contalmaison

    We begin Season 4 of the podcast with a walk between the Somme villages of La Boisselle and Contalmaison, the scene of heavy fighting in July 1916. We see memorials, battlefield cemeteries and discover the stories of those who fought here more than a century ago.
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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

Prsopect Farms ,

Lyrical and compelling

Take a moment and listen to someone who tells intimate, poetic stories about horrific events. It’s really good

PDXRedcoat ,

Specialist, yet Accessible

If you have any interest in the First World War, then The Old Front Line Podcast is essential listening! The host is able to take in depth, specialist knowledge and present it in a way that is accessible to anyone, even those just starting to take an interest. After listening to this podcast, I have taken a greater interest in researching my own family history of the Great War. Thank you!

Kodexx ,

Eloquent

Tale after tale about the people whose lives the Great War forever touched. Less about the bullets and battle plans and mind-numbing statistics.

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