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The Somme: From Defeat to Victory (2006)

A recounting of the bloodiest single battle of World War One in its various aspects.



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Credited cast:
Peter Barich ...
Darren Black ...
Maxwell's ADC
Lt-Gen. Morland
Ben Goddard ...
Lt. Walton
Chris Hannon ...
Wolf Kahler ...
General von Plessen
Rüdiger Kuhlbrodt ...
General von Soden
Thorston Manderlay ...
Christopher Nabb ...
Crispin Redman ...
Lt-Col. Maxwell
Mike Rogers ...
Captain Tweed
Benedict Sandiford ...
Captain Johnston


Based on diaries, records and eyewitness accounts, this is the story of the two Battles of the Somme from the perspective of British and German soldiers. It shows how the major lessons learned by the British Army leadership after the disastrous first attacks of July 1916 were turned into victory at the second attempt in September 1916, arguably the turning point for the First World War. Written by Anonymous

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2 July 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

1916, l'enfer de la Somme  »

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1.85 : 1
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Very good war documentary...
17 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This programme was made to commemorate the 90th anniversary of WWI's Battle of the Somme, and I think it is a great homage to the soldiers who died on the battlefield. It is informative and actually recreates the battles - rather than just boring old diagram after diagram, we actually see soldiers going over the top against the German guns. The commentary is informative, and as the programme is based on real historical forces, expect 100% accuracy in all departments and a well-researched and made programme. One of the most striking things you will see is that the soldiers actually walked across the battlefield rather than running. This undoubtedly cost many more lives and just went to prove the true stupidity of the generals at the time. The soldiers were, as it was put, "lions led by donkeys". And this effective doc, packed with drama, emotion and action, will only help to prove this case even further. Though it would have been far more effective to see it on the 90th anniversary day (which I did), I still strongly recommend this programme to anyone who doesn't know much about the Somme. Brilliant. 10/10

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