SOMME WITNESS

1. Newfoundland Park and Y Ravine

Battalions from each corner of Great Britain fought here on 1st July 1916 but the big story is the futile sacrifice of the soldiers from Newfoundland, Canada.  Also featured is the lesser known but no less enthralling capture of Y Ravine in November 1916 by the 51st (Highland) Division.
Bronze Caribou at Newfoundland Park – Western Front Witness - WW1 Battlefields Audio Guide – Somme Witness

2. Albert

This is our chosen backdrop for the Battle of the Somme story.  The first day of the battle was the worst in British military history and despite displays of heroism - recognised through the award of 51 Victoria Crosses - little was achieved. Eye-witness accounts portray the anguish of the 1.26 million soldiers who shed blood here and the desolation of the landscape.
Albert Basilica – Western Front Witness - WW1 Battlefields Audio Guide – Somme Witness- WW1 sites to visit

3. La Boisselle

This village was turned into a veritable fortress by the Germans in the months prior to the attack.  Our audio guide features a description of the attack of the Tyneside Scottish who were led forward through a storm of steel by a piper.  You can also listen to the official V.C. citation for Major Adrian Carton de Wiart.  Prior to the opening of the Somme offensive this gallant and inspiring officer had been 8 times wounded including the loss of a hand and an eye.  During the attack on La Boisselle he threw hand grenades have removed the pins with his teeth.
Map of La Boiselle – Western Front Witness - WW1 Battlefields Audio Guide – Somme Witness- WW1 sites to visit

4. Lochnagar Crater

Hear how the British tunnellers managed to plant 27 tonnes of explosives underneath the German front line and the impact the successful explosion of this mine had on the outcome of the battle.
Lochnagar Crater – Western Front Witness - WW1 Battlefields Audio Guide – Somme Witness- WW1 sites to visit

5. Serre

This part of the Somme front is where many ‘Pals’ battalions from the industrial north of England were cut down. The featured account is of the annihilation of the Barnsley Pals and is sure to tug at the heart strings.
Accrington Pals Memorial Serre – Western Front Witness - WW1 Battlefields Audio Guide – Somme Witness- WW1 sites to visit

6. Delville Wood

This is the location of the South African National Memorial. On 15th July 1916, 3143 Springboks entered the wood and a week later 780 returned. At one point 400 artillery shells per minute rained down on them but – as our featured memoirs relate – the South Africans held on.
Delville Wood – Western Front Witness - WW1 Battlefields Audio Guide – Somme Witness- WW1 sites to visit

7. Ulster Tower

This monument to the Ulster Division stands close to the site of the notorious Schwaben Redoubt. Our audio guide will brief you on the thrilling attack of the Ulstermen in which 5 V.C.’s were won. We also tell you about some of the famous soldiers who were here in 1916 including poet Edmund Blunden and J. R. R. Tolkien author of ‘the Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of Rings’.
Ulster Tower – Western Front Witness - WW1 Battlefields Audio Guide – Somme Witness- WW1 sites to visit
8. Thiepval Memorial
This massive memorial bears the names of more than 72,000 ‘missing’ British soldiers and we identify for listeners some of the most interesting. The memorial occupies a strategic position that was subjected to repeated British attacks in the summer of 1916. Our witnesses describe German positions here as ‘sinister’ and the fighting as ‘gruesome’.
Thiepval Memorial – Western Front Witness - WW1 Battlefields Audio Guide – Somme Witness- WW1 sites to visit
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Somme Witness Album Cover– Western Front Witness – WW1 Battlefields Audio Guide - WW1 sites to visit
Audio-guides included within Somme Witness:
 
  • Newfoundland Park and Y Ravine
  • Albert
  • Delville Wood
  • La Boisselle
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Serre
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Ulster Tower
  • (additional audio-guide Vimy Ridge)
All audio guides are available to download from iTunes, CDbaby, Google Play and Amazon.

What Does Each Audio-Guide Feature?

You can be assured that each account you hear is from a soldier who was there - not simply in the same battle or even sector - but there – perhaps even where you stand.

9. Vimy Ridge (additional track)
Vimy Ridge is surmounted by Canada’s most impressive tribute to its fallen soldiers. Our audio guide relates how Canadian forces seized the hill on Easter Monday 1917. Four Canadian soldiers were awarded Victoria Crosses in remarkably similar ways and we feature the story of Private William Milne. We also explain how sub-terrainian operations contributed to this stunning success of the Canadians and why over 3,000 miles of tunnels were dug during the course of the war.
Vimy Ridge Memorial – Western Front Witness - WW1 Battlefields Audio Guide – Somme Witness- WW1 sites to visit
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