500 years ago today, one of the bloodiest battles ever fought on British soil took place in a field in Northumberland.
The Battle of Flodden was fought between Scotland and England on Friday September 9 1513, killing around 15,000 men in only four hours.
It was a disastrous defeat for the Scottish army, which lost around 10,000 men including their king, James IV, who has the dubious honour of being the last British monarch to die in battle.
Although largely forgotten now by the general population, it was a battle every bit as bloody as the Somme and had an important role in shaping the relationship between Scotland and England.
To commemorate the battle, a new app has been released to allow visitors to visit all the sites related the Flodden campaign in person or from the comfort of their home.
Pocket Tours, who have previously released similar apps for the battles of the Somme and Arnheim, allows users to learn more about the battle through images, sound clips from world-renowned historians and watch film footage.
For those able to visit Northumberland, a guided tour is also available. Using GPS technology, visitors can be guided from site to site, listening to commentary and using their phone camera to see where historical events take place.
Mark Jackson, an active member of the Territorial Army for over 28 years, leads Pocket Tours. “Imagine walking over the ground that shaped history alongside an expert who can explain the events as they unfolded," he said.
"The GPS feature guides you from point to point using the knowledge of the historians to make sure you see things from the best vantage points.
"This makes a tour of the battlefield accessible to anyone, anywhere and at any time.”
- The Pocket Tours – The Battle of Flodden, is available for download now at http://tinyurl.com/battlefield-tour-flodden for £1.99. A donation will be made to ABF, The Soldier’s Charity, from the proceeds of the app.
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