Local historian Andrew Lound who is passionate about making WWI stories accessible to a young audience. Here is as Tommy Atkins, a typical British soldier. We also visit Birchfield Harriers athletics club and end with Sgt Alfred Knight VC, a local recipient of the Victoria Cross. 6 of 6
The South Staffordshire Regiment in World War 1 through the work of author Andrew Thornton. Also featured is the work of the West Midlands Fire Service Heritage Group, the memorials photograph collection of Tony Woolley and the artefacts and battlefield relics of Dave Vaux. Two well-known historians assess the shell crisis if 1915 -1916. 5…
Programme 4 features the French town of Albert and its links with Birmingham. Albert’s main street is named ‘Rue de Birmingham’. Thiepval village and memorial is also featured and we look at the role of the Royal Flying Corps and local airman Francis Fitzgerald Waldron. 4 of 6
We visit the area where the Battle of the Somme took place- Hawthorn Ridge, High Wood, Arras, with WWI enthusiasts Terry Carter and Dave Vaux and cemeteries near Beaumont Hamel. There is an interview with Professor Stephen Badsey, Professor of Conflict Studies at Wolverhampton University who assess the success of the battle and General Haig.