The Somme 1916: From Both Sides of the Wire

The Somme 1916: From Both Sides of the Wire

Defence in Depth
Episode 2  |  The History Channel  |  April 23, 2018
Classification: Mature Classification: Mature
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This documentary presents the cataclysmic events that began on 1st July 1916, from both sides of No Man's Land. Historian Peter Barton concentrates on the second phase of the battle, from the middle of July to the middle of September 1916. Barton reveals how an Allied advance on objectives which should have lasted days and weeks took months and resulted in yet more carnage on the Somme battlefield. While British tactics were unvarying, that of their German enemy evolved using the changing landscape of the battlefield. The slowness of the Allied advance during this period Barton explains by the emergence of new German tactics - defence in depth.

This documentary presents the cataclysmic events that began on 1st July 1916, from both sides of No Man's Land. Historian Peter Barton concentrates on the second phase of the battle, from the middle of July to the middle of September 1916. Barton reveals how an Allied advance on objectives which should have lasted days and weeks took months and resulted in yet more carnage on the Somme battlefield. While British tactics were unvarying, that of their German enemy evolved using the changing landscape of the battlefield. The slowness of the Allied advance during this period Barton explains by the emergence of new German tactics - defence in depth.

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