The third battle of Ypres or the battle of Passchendaele as it is commonly known has become a defining moment of the first world war – it is remembered for its horror, the mud and the senseless slaughter of men. But What happened and was it actually a terrible failure? Third Ypres was fought in … Continue reading Five minute history: the battle of Passchendaele
The opening engagement of the Anglo-Boer war was fought in this small town in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. It was a small but important battle that showed the British army how dangerous it was to scorn their enemy. Join me for a walk up Talana hill as I get some exercise and move in … Continue reading A short walk up Talana Hill: First battle of the Anglo-Boer war
The Indian mutiny: The assault at the Kashmir Gate, Delhi. In this video, I take a walk around Delhi's Kashmir gate, scene of heavy fighting during the Indian rebellion of 1857. Two VC's were won on this very spot.
In 2014 I was lucky enough to be in Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. I was able to spend time with a number of veterans including Tony Colgan of the 9th Durham Light Infantry. Tony was travelling with his Grandson and it was wonderful to share this time with them. As part of … Continue reading Storming the beaches: Covering the 70th anniversary of D-Day
In April 2015 I was lucky enough to attend the centenary commemorations of the Allied landings at Gallipoli. One of the sites well worth a visit is "W Beach" and the nearby Lancashire Landing cemetery. While there I made the short film below: W beach was known to the Turks as Tekke Bay. It was … Continue reading Video: A walk on W Beach, Gallipoli
I am fascinated by the Anglo-Zulu war but have always been confused about the reasons for it and why Britain invaded. In this short "5 minute history" I try to give an explanation as to why the war happened.
This is the fifth instalment of my series looking at the Peninsular war through the eyes of the British soldiers. For the previous article covering the battle of Vimeiro please follow this link. As soon as the battle was over the whole British army was desperate to pursue the beaten French before they could reform … Continue reading The Peninsular war part 5: The convention of Cintra and its aftermath
This is the fourth part of my series examining the Peninsular war through the eyes of the British soldiers. For the previous instalment, about the battle of Rolica, please follow this link. Under a broad blue sky, dotted with thin wispy clouds the British army hastily pulled on their boots and grabbed their weapons. Bugles … Continue reading The Peninsular war part 4: The battle of Vimeiro
The 5/60th Rifles were one of the most elite regiments of the British army during the Napoleonic wars. They were skirmishers equipped with the excellent Baker rifle and dressed in green rather than the traditional red jackets. Now a group of enthusiasts in the west Midlands are bringing the unit back to life. I was … Continue reading Swift and Bold: The reenactors of the 5/60th Rifles
In the third part of my story of the Peninsular war, as seen through the eyes of the British soldiers, we examine the battle of Rolica - an early success for Sir Arthur Wellesley and his men. For my previous articles that explore the landings at Mondego bay and the first combat casualties of the … Continue reading The Peninsular war part 3: The battle of Rolica