Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The Somme, then and now

This morning I received an e-mail with a little link in it to YouTube. The link took me to what is quite possibly one of the best pieces of history filming I've seen in a long while.

I have no idea who "Tashkenk Goatman" is, other than that looking through his other videos I realised that I've already re-posted some of his work in the past (a series of videos captured at Sailsbury Plain of the British army showing off its armoured warfare capabilities).

Whoever he and his friend in this new video might be, I commend them. This really is a quality piece of work, looking back at the battlefields of the Somme and comparing footage filmed back then with the modern landscape, with the cameras seemingly sited in almost the exact same spots. For amateur work it's pretty remarkable and well worth the quarter of an hour it'll take for you to watch.


  1. Excellent video ( - my tablet has problems playing some media so had to watch over at Think Defence. ) Good find.

    1. One day I'll sit down and do the whole mobile/tablet optimisation thing.

      One day....

  2. Wow! What a brilliant video for making something that happened so long ago so immediate. If you are in touch with the maker please pass on my grateful thanks. I think this should be shown in schools. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.