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The Somme: From Defeat to Victory (2006)

TV Movie  -   -  History  -  2 July 2006 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Peter Barich ...
Sharples
Darren Black ...
Maxwell's ADC
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Hinkel
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Lt-Gen. Morland
Ben Goddard ...
Lt. Walton
Chris Hannon ...
Mellor
Wolf Kahler ...
General von Plessen
Rüdiger Kuhlbrodt ...
General von Soden
Thorston Manderlay ...
Schmitt
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Fiddes
Christopher Nabb ...
Routledge
Crispin Redman ...
Lt-Col. Maxwell
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Hässler
Mike Rogers ...
Captain Tweed
Benedict Sandiford ...
Captain Johnston
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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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Read about Somme rather than watch this film
19 December 2009 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

This film tries to give a documentary reconstruction of the battle of Somme. Though details are laid out quite well about how the first days of the battle happened, these are actually not very informative. Yes, battles are truly terrible but there are better films to watch to get this experience. A documentary should focus much more on the context, causes and outcomes. Also, the memories of soldiers are not very informative and only give a generic feeling of "how terrible war is". I think this film only gives a rather constrained view on the whole Somme battle. Watch Kubrick's Paths of Glory or any other fiction films about the First World War to get an idea of the nightmare. And if you want to see a good documentary (about France in World War II) watch "Le chagrin et la pitie".


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