The Sappers and the Tanks

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Battle of Flers, September 15th 1916 100 years ago on 15 September, a new advancement in engineering was introduced to the battlefield, one that would change the way battles were fought. The tank had arrived on the Somme. As dawn broke on the morning of 15 September 1916, Captain H. W. Mortimer of the Heavy Branch of the Machine Gun … Read More

A Guide to Gillingham for new students

The students arriving in Medway for their first year will no doubt be looking to explore the surrounding area. While the campus provides basic necessities such as accommodation, food and drink, plenty more can be found in town. If you’re looking for a way to spend the day while checking out the university’s seminar rooms and lecture theatres, the Historic … Read More

Assembling the Somme Exhibition

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The Battle of the Somme lasted from July 1st 1916 until November 1916 and for many, epitomised the horrors of trench warfare. This famous battle is marked as being particularly brutal, with over 600,000 casualties on the Allied side. The psychological impact can be seen from contemporary sources, such as the one by Edward Lynch: “It’s the end of the … Read More