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Battle of the Somme

Eyes in the sky

Reconnaissance – the ability to gather information on enemy forces – was catapulted into the modern era during the First World War with advances in aviation and…

A Victoria Cross on the first day of battle at the Somme

Having paid for his own flying lessons just three years before the Battle of the Somme, Welshman Lionel Rees had no idea what lay ahead of him on the first day of the…

The danger of flight

Serving as aircrew in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was one of the most dangerous roles in the First World War.

The battle waged from above

In the week before the land battle began of the Battle of the Somme, the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) had been tasked with maintaining air superiority, gathering…

Before the attack

The Battle of the Somme began on 1 July 2016, as thousands of British troops climbed out of their trenches and into the barbed wire and machine gun fire of No Man's Land.