On Demand Tour: The Somme – The Attack on Mametz Wood – 1916

Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 10 reviews)


Battlefield Guide – Rory Stephens
Tour Manager – Steve Chambers

Tour length about 75 min

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In 1914, soon to be Prime Minister Lloyd George had passionately appealed to Welshmen everywhere to fulfil his dream of a Welsh Army to fight in the Great War. Although his ambitions fell short of this ideal, it did lead to the raising of a Division of men from the Principality. The 38th Division were beset with problems from the start. Ill trained, ill equipped and poorly led these men would be thrown into the furnace of the Battle of Somme. Their task, the capture of Mametz Wood; the largest on the Somme. After 5 days of brutal fighting and 4000 casualties, their efforts would, for the next 100 years be mired in controversy, folklore and legend.

This virtual tour will touch on the raising and training of the Division and focus on the attacks on the 7th and 10th July 1916. It will explain why the Division inherited such a poor reputation and was virtually overlooked as a fighting force for a year. Finally using first-hand accounts and analysis of the attack and its place in the wider context of the Somme Campaign, it will challenge the perception of failure which has long overshadowed the achievements of those that fought there.


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Sun 27th June 16:30 UK (11:30 EDT), Sun 27th June 19:30 UK (14:30 EDT)

10 reviews for On Demand Tour: The Somme – The Attack on Mametz Wood – 1916

Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 10 reviews)
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Rated 4 out of 5
February 8, 2022

Maps could be clearer Otherwise very good

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Anthony Barrs
Rated 5 out of 5
January 30, 2022

There are so many books on the subject of Mametz Wood that it’s easy to get bogged down. I’m really grateful for this Tour as it helped to clarify things in my mind. Also, thanks for the help with my technical problem at the start of the Tour. I’ll be looking at other Tours to join “virtually”.

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Margaret Hubbard
Rated 5 out of 5
January 30, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
January 30, 2022

Great presentation by Rory Stephens and Steve Chambers of the fight by the Welsh Division for Mametz Wood during the Somme campaign. The use of drone footage, first person accounts and Rory’s strong knowledge makes for a greater understanding of this hard fought battle. A must see for all students of WWI and military history in general.

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William Schuber
Rated 5 out of 5
January 30, 2022

Very moving and well presented

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Anthony Bandy