Drama-documentary recounting the events of the 1st July 1916 and the Battle of the Somme on the Western Front during the First World War. Told through the letters and journals of soldiers who were there.

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Captain Charlie May
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Greenhalgh
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Sergeant Richard H Tawney
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Rawlinson
Nick Figgis ...
Burke
Andrew Turner ...
Dunscombe
Oliver Jones ...
Cyril Jose
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Andrews
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Lance-Corporal Sidney McCoy
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Eversmann
Rupert Procter ...
Sergeant Major
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Franz Cassel
David Bertrand ...
Fraisse
Jean-David Beroard ...
Barberon
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This film is based on letters and diaries of soldiers who witnessed the battle first hand and wrote down what they saw and felt. Focusing on these stories, the horror of the battle is made real by combining beautifully shot drama with moving archive footage.

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14 November 2005 (UK)  »

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Die Schlacht an der Somme  »

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At least some of the rifles carried by the British soldiers in this production were Lee-Enfield No.4s, which didn't enter service until 1940. They should have been SMLEs, later known as the Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII. See more »

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Death toll to TV poll
30 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was a quite entertaining TV show on channel 4. It had good actors, quite accurate information and wasn't boring. The only bothering thing about this show was that it did not seem as dangerous and as depressing as it was. When the first man got shot in the head you did not feel quite moved. There could of been dramatic sequences as them watching their friends get killed in front of their eyes. Also I expected there to be shells which exploded and sent out fatal shards and iron balls at the British and French but just saw a small explosion in the ground. The build up of the movie was very big but the actual battle was not brilliant. An entertaining experience but could of been better.


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