Footsteps of the fallen

Cambrai - one day on the battlefield

January 14, 2024 Matt Dixon Season 6 Episode 18
Cambrai - one day on the battlefield
Footsteps of the fallen
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Footsteps of the fallen
Cambrai - one day on the battlefield
Jan 14, 2024 Season 6 Episode 18
Matt Dixon

In our latest podcast, we visit the battlefield around Cambrai, where, on the 20th of November 1917, the first mass tank battle in military history took place.  The Allies smashed a 5-mile hole in the German's lines. Still, poor communication and placement of the reserves failed to exploit the advantage and when the campaign ended 12 days later, over 40,000 men had become casualties.

If you have only one day to visit the battlefields, what should you see? We visit some of the cemeteries and memorials on the battlefield, discover the stories behind some VC winners who are commemorated here, hear the story of "Deborah", and conclude with a poignant poem written by one of Scotland's great war poets.

Support the podcast:
https://www.buymeacoffee.com/footstepsblog
https://www.patreon.com/footstepsofthefallen

Show Notes

In our latest podcast, we visit the battlefield around Cambrai, where, on the 20th of November 1917, the first mass tank battle in military history took place.  The Allies smashed a 5-mile hole in the German's lines. Still, poor communication and placement of the reserves failed to exploit the advantage and when the campaign ended 12 days later, over 40,000 men had become casualties.

If you have only one day to visit the battlefields, what should you see? We visit some of the cemeteries and memorials on the battlefield, discover the stories behind some VC winners who are commemorated here, hear the story of "Deborah", and conclude with a poignant poem written by one of Scotland's great war poets.

Support the podcast:
https://www.buymeacoffee.com/footstepsblog
https://www.patreon.com/footstepsofthefallen