In February the publishers of Legion Magazine produced a stunning online tribute to The Newfoundland Regiment. Blood in the Mud is easily one of the most innovative and beautifully designed First World War web experiences to come out of Canada this centenary.
From it’s haunting soundtrack to its clever use of multimedia Blood in the Mud tells the story of The Newfoundland Regiment during the First World War and in particular its role in the assault at Beaumont-Hamel and the larger conflict known infamously as The Battle of the Somme.
The story is presented in six sections including a statistical overview of the war, Newfoundland’s beginnings as a British colony, the formation of The First Five Hundred in 1914 and their deployment to Gallipoli and the Western Front. As one would expect two entire sections are devoted to the assault at Beaumont-Hamel on July 1st, 1916. Newfoundland fought as a unit in the British Army and not the Canadian Corps however Canada’s role in the last two months of The Battle of the Somme is not forgotten.
In my opinion the most outstanding aspect of this production is its potential to engage a wide audience, one that may not normally have an interest in military history. The losses at the Somme were mind-numbing a century ago but are evener harder for Canadians to comprehend today. Surely one of the most important questions to answer during this First World War centenary is how do we ensure the next generation of Canadians will remember, in a meaningful way, the sacrifices made by their great-great grandparents? Remembrance is not something we can afford to take for granted. Canada has fallen behind and faces a long march ahead; Blood in the Mud is a step in the right direction.
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Thanks for sharing this exciting initiative! It really makes history “come alive”, which is one of the goals of history educators. I’d love to see similar projects being done for other topics in Canadian history.
You may be interested in this article that was recently shared on twitter about how Museums Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Digital Age. http://www.startribune.com/how-museums-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-digital-world/370986261/
I only discovered it yesterday and was very pleased when I did. I would love to see other battles, battalions and themes explored using this interface. A mobile-friendly version, while challenging, would reach a potentially large number of younger Canadians.
Thanks for the link to the excellent article and for your comment!
Thanks for sharing, I hadn’t seen this yet. Outstanding.