BATTLE OF THE SOMME [Main Title]

Catalogue number
  • IWM 191
Department
Film
Production date
1916-08-11
Place made
GB
Subject period
Dimensions
  • whole: Number Of Items/reels/tapes 5
Creator
Category
film

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Object description

British forces, chiefly 7th and 29th Divisions, on the first day of the Somme offensive, Western Front, 1 July 1916.

Physical description

35mm

Full description

The 'big battle' structure of the film opens with the preparatory bombardment for the days before the attack, the Infantry marching to their final positions, the attack itself, the casualties, prisoners and consolidation of the next few days as the attacking troops are withdrawn for rest. The bombardment, shown in the opening reels, is by a variety of guns from a giant 15-inch howitzer to trench mortars. The attack by 29th Division at Beaumont Hamel is shown, including the explosion of a mine under Hawthorn Redoubt. The remainder of the film shows the British and German wounded being treated at the Minden Post dressing station in 7th Division sector and the consolidation of captured German positions at Fricourt and Mametz. The British soldiers come out of the line to rest and they and their German prisoners retire to the rear.

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