On Demand: Battle of the Ancre – The Somme – 1916

Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 8 reviews)


Battlefield Guide – Lucy Betteridge-Dyson
Tour Manager – Dan Hill”

Tour length about 75 min

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By November 1916 the famous Battle of the Somme had slowed to a crawl with British, French and German troops exhausted after months of brutal fighting in rain-soaked and shell-torn battlefields. Some of the areas being fought over had been planned to be captured as far back as July 1916 but the skilful and stubborn German defenders had kept them ever since. The last great action of that infamous campaign was to be fought astride the river Ancre in an area where some of the most ferocious fighting had taken place. It was here that the British would make one final push, armed with knowledge and experience gathered at such cost throughout that year.

This virtual tour will focus on the story of just two divisions either side of the Ancre river itself, the 39th, who were to attack from the famous Schwaben Redoubt to conquer the shattered remains of St Pierre Divion, and the 63rd Royal Naval Division who would advance on the north-side of the river towards the village of Grandcourt, with decidedly mixed success.

8 reviews for On Demand: Battle of the Ancre – The Somme – 1916

Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 8 reviews)
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Rated 5 out of 5
July 24, 2022

Another great tour. Lucy really brought the battle to life with the personal stories from some of the people involved. The overlay of maps are a great in helping you see the lay of the land at the time the battle took place. Great stuff keep them coming.

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Eddie Muir
Rated 4 out of 5
July 24, 2022

Brilliant selection of memoirs to illustrate.
Great poetry. Probably the best ending of a tour to date – the Herbert poem over the drone footage of the Ancre CWGC.
Increasingly good graphic overlays – trench lines & shell damage.
One comment – from the battle – too little indication of RND battalion positions with respect to yellow, green & red objectives. Would’ve added a clearer perspective of the Hood stuck out on their own. & then the renewed attack on the 14th.
Thanks though. The drone aerials always do the utmost for me having been on the griund many times. The accounts brought the story out well.

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Andy Mullen
Rated 5 out of 5
July 24, 2022

Just can’t say enough about the quality of the presentations and how much value there is for a subscription. Please give serious consideration to subscribing…

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Ed Fewer
Rated 5 out of 5
July 24, 2022

Excellent presentation. Insightful and personal

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Rated 5 out of 5
July 24, 2022

Great tour; wonderful use of literature!

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Jonathan Epstein