Watch us on BBC’s Countryfile on Sunday

This year’s centenary of the start of World War One brings extra poignancy to Remembrance Day events. In a ‘special’ for BBC1’s flagship programme Countryfile (showing on Sunday 9 November from 6.30 pm) Ordnance Survey has been chosen to reflect life on the front line.

OS’s military heritage saw surveying and map making skills put to the harshest test and also coupled to many parallel military fields of expertise – like sound ranging for allied artillery batteries. So how could we explain skills honed a hundred years ago? And who should be chosen to meet the wonderful presenter of the film – Ellie Harrison?

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