On Demand Tour: La Boiselle – 1916

Rated 4.6 out of 5
4.6 out of 5 stars (based on 5 reviews)


Title  – La Boiselle – 1916

Battlefield Guide – Paul Colbourne

Tour Manager – Gareth Edwards

Tour length about 75 min

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In 1914 when Britain went to war, Field Marshal Horatio Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, recognised that the country had gone to war with an incredibly small army. Predicting a long conflict that would need a huge amount of men and resources, Kitchener set about building his ‘New Army’. New Divisions were formed, the back-bone of which consisted of ‘Pals Battalions’ recruited from local communities.

This virtual tour will tell the story of one of the New Army Divisions, the 34th, from its raising, with a focus on the Tyneside Irish of the 103rd Brigade, its training and eventual embarkation to northern France. The attack at La Boisselle on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme would be the Divisions first major action and with over 6,000 casualties, it would lose more men than any other Division involved in the struggle on that dreadful day. Using first-hand accounts, we will follow their journey that would eventually lead to the Battle of the Somme and the brutal fighting around La Boisselle.


5 reviews for On Demand Tour: La Boiselle – 1916

Rated 4.6 out of 5
4.6 out of 5 stars (based on 5 reviews)
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Rated 3 out of 5
March 26, 2022

I was expecting something a bit more spectacular. It was interesting, but far from what I had imagined, in terms of “immersion” or multi-media coverage. Essentially a nice narration in the background, and google earth images, sometimes zoomed into google street view. I would have rather spent 1h in a “classical” documentary on the Somme battle.

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Alessandro Ercolani
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Rated 5 out of 5
February 4, 2022

Very clear and well presented

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Rated 5 out of 5
November 30, 2021

Very good, detailed tour of a key part of the Somme battlefield

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Stuart Hulley
Rated 5 out of 5
October 31, 2021

Paul was very informative and engaging. Loved the anecdotes!

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Scott Tormanen
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Rated 5 out of 5
October 27, 2021

I retract my previous complaint. The issue was on my end.

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Michael Byrd
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