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Paul Garlington

Battlefield Historian. Corporate & Connoisseur tours of the Western Front. “It’s not what you take on tour, it’s what you bring back.”

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At Styhead Tarn in the footsteps of war poets Lt Noel Oxland and Lt William Noel Hodgson, who walked this way to Great Gable and Scafell Pike before going off to war. Oxland fell at Gallipoli in Aug 1915 and Hodgson was killed on the Somme on the first day. #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #shroudsofthesomme #lakedistrict #lakedistrictuk #lakedistrictwalks #ww1 #hautsdefrance #lewismoody7 #cwgc #somme #landrover #aboveandbeyond #discovery #worldofdiscovery #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #incentivetravel #teambuilding #wenger_official

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My first view of the Shrouds of the Somme. A wonderful, moving tribute to the missing on the Thiepval Memorial and, indeed, to all the fallen. I couldn’t pull myself away and kept going back to look again. #shroudsofthesomme #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #ww1 #cwgc #somme #aboveandbeyond #discovery #worldofdiscovery #connoisseur #corporate #incentivetravel #teambuilding

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I spent time chatting to the @CWGC Interns and then the officers and cadets visiting Thiepval - I was left with a profound sense of security in the thought that, when we eventually pass the baton, remembrance will be in very safe hands. @IWM_Centenary @LivesOfWW1 @oliviaaasmith_ #somme #landrover #aboveandbeyond #discovery #worldofdiscovery #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #incentivetravel #teambuilding #wenger_official #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian

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Railway Hollow Cemetery nestles into the folds of the land. Hardly a soul to be seen, a haze of sunshine adding to the tranquility. Alf Goodlad lies here. His grave inscription reads, “The French are a grand nation, worth fighting for.” From his last letter home 22.3.16. #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #aboveandbeyond #discovery #worldofdiscovery #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #incentivetravel #teambuilding #wenger_official #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian

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Packed and ready to head for the Somme for my latest corporate tour. Patrician transport of course!⠀ #ww1#rugbyremembers#lewismoody7#cwgc#somme#ypres#arras#landrover#aboveandbeyond#discovery#worldofdiscovery#jaguarlandrover#landroverdiscovery#rovergroup#connoisseur#corporateevents#corporate#incentivetravel#teambuilding#wengerofficial#paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian

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Part 5 As the airfield at La Panne came into view, Aidan Liddell and Lt Peck knew the chances of making a safe landing in such a badly shot up plane were slim and these were narrowed still further by Aidan’s terrible injuries. With no throttle to control the engine, Aidan approached the runway at full speed and then switched off as soon as he touched the ground. It worked. The RE5 spluttered to a halt and ground crew immediately swarmed around the stricken aircraft, marshalled by Peck, who acquainted them of Aidan’s precarious state. The Belgian commander of the airfield marvelled at Aidan’s skill in pulling off a landing which should have been impossible considering the damage to the instrument panel and the wounds of the pilot. From the cockpit, Aidan called for a splint and applied a tourniquet to stem the bleeding, refusing to leave his seat until a doctor was present, so that further damage to his leg would not be inflicted. Quite by chance, a group of journalists and a photographer were visiting the airfield and they recorded Aidan’s story and rescue as it unfolded before them. As Aidan was finally lifted from the cockpit, he was laid on a stretcher and, given a cigarette by Peck, he turned with a smile and waved to them. (More to come) #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #mons #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #aboveandbeyond #discovery #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #incentivetravel #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Part 4 Bleeding profusely and in terrible agony, Aidan Liddell assessed the damage sustained by his RE5 plane during an attack by a German fighter. With the wheel control smashed in half and the throttle shot away, the plane would now be a nightmare to control. And there were his own injuries: his right thigh had been so badly hit that four inches of femur had been shot away and he was unable to move his leg. Peck insisted that Aidan should land, so that he could receive treatment, but that would mean that Peck would become a prisoner and Aidan would not countenance that. He would fly on, controlling the broken wheel with one hand and the rudder pedal with the other. The return flight would be, at best, precarious and, with a badly injured pilot, controls shot to pieces, heavy fire from the ground, and an aeroplane which was difficult to land even in the best of conditions, the odds suggested a calamitous conclusion. With 35 miles and a full half hour ahead of him, Aidan forged on and battled to keep his plane under control. They came under heavy fire crossing the lines, then, as the Belgian Flying Corps base at La Panne came into view, he now had to decide how to get his plane down without a throttle and with failing instruments. #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #mons #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #incentivetravel #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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