Partnering with television historian Dan Snow, the Legion has created a free mobile and tablet app featuring more than 250 pieces of multimedia content which bring to life key moments from the battle.
Available now from iTunes and Google Play from the app provides an insight into the events of the Battle of the Somme as they unfolded 100 years ago, and the experiences of the men who fought in it.
The app – which is called Remember the Somme with Dan Snow and The Royal British Legion – includes first-hand audio accounts from the time, diary excerpts from the frontline, film and photo archives and animated battle maps which track the battle as it progressed.
The impact of the Battle of the Somme was felt by nearly every community across the UK, particularly as a result of the ‘Pals battalions’, who were groups of friends, team mates in sports clubs and colleagues, who joined together, fought together, and sadly often died together.
Dan Snow said: “This partnership with The Royal British Legion is important because never before has information about the Battle of the Somme been collated in an app like this. I am passionate that technology can and should be used to give history a contemporary edge and make it relevant for new generations. The app brings to life the experiences of soldiers in the trenches, explains the reasons for the battle and helps people explore its historical and political consequences in a new way.”
The Royal British Legion’s Head of Remembrance, The Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch KCVO, at said: “As the national custodian of Remembrance, the Legion is always looking for new and innovative ways to preserve the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifices during conflict. We hope that this app will highlight to new audiences just how much of an impact the Battle of the Somme had on communities across the UK.”
During the 141 day commemoration – which begins on Thursday 30 June and ends on Friday 18 November – the Legion is also encouraging members of communities throughout the country to download or order its free commemorative toolkit which is designed to help people hold their own Somme commemoration.
For more information, visit the Royal British Legion website: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/