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  • Audio contentSomme to Arras

    From the Somme to Arras

    Andrew Lock discusses the progress made by the British Expeditionary Forces between the battles of the Somme (1916) and Arras (1917). Although lessons were learned during the Somme campaign, Arras clearly exposed command and preparation deficiencies, leading to setbacks and […]

  • Video contentSomme Tales

    Somme Tales

    Funded by the Friends of The National Archives, Somme Tales is a creative project that took place at the archives from 1-5 August 2016 in partnership with professional film-maker Nigel Kellaway. Applications were invited from young people across the country […]

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    Changing the Landscape: In conversation with Sarah Kogan

    Artist and curator Sarah Kogan in conversation with our Records Knowledge Manager Kate Wheeler, discussing her multimedia Battle of the Somme arts project Changing the Landscape, which is currently on display at the National Archives. Sarah reveals how she followed […]

  • Video contentThe Battle of the Somme

    The Battle of the Somme: fallen comrades

    The clip starts with a title and sequence showing British tommies rescuing a fallen comrade who later died. We then see the famous shot of a soldier carrying his fallen comrade. The action then shifts to more shots of wounded […]

  • Video contentThe Battle of the Somme

    The Battle of the Somme: ‘Plum Pudding’ mortar bombs

    This sequence opens with a title commenting on the supply operation to make the attack on the Somme possible. We then see a panning shot of a vast supply dump. This is followed by another title introducing ‘plum pudding’ mortar […]

  • Video contentThe Battle of the Somme

    The Battle of the Somme: Battle Police

    The film clip starts with Tommies making their way across No Man’s Land and into enemy front line trenches. We then see a title explaining that Battle Police are rounding up prisoners and wounded in No Man’s Land. From here […]

  • Video contentThe Battle of the Somme

    The Battle of the Somme: ammunition dumps

    This clip gives us a detailed view of preparations for the attack at the Somme. We see vast ammunition dumps followed by busy scenes of trucks moving shells and other equipment and men busily loading and unloading vehicles. The final […]

  • Video contentThe Battle of the Somme

    The Battle of the Somme: the impact of modern weapons

    The clip starts with some pretty harrowing footage of a German trench devastated by artillery fire. We then see a pet dog killed in action and then more harrowing shots of British and German dead. We then see a burial […]

  • Video contentThe Battle of the Somme

    The Battle of the Somme: destroying enemy defences

    This clip starts with a title card explaining how heavy guns are destroying enemy defences. We then see artillery crews under camouflage preparing a large howitzer to be fired. Context Artillery was already the key weapon in modern warfare before […]

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