Neil Oliver: Skye’s Band Of Broth­ers

Isis Town and Country - - Television -

Tues­day, SBS One, 7.30pm

This doc­u­men­tary series ex­plores how a Lon­don in­ven­tion would be used to slaugh­ter Brits dur­ing the first World War. When a group of sol­diers from the Cameron High­lands ar­rived on the bat­tle­fields of France in 1914, they were met by Ger­man sol­diers wield­ing the Maxim ma­chine gun. This ter­ri­fy­ing in­stru­ment of death was ca­pa­ble of fir­ing 666 rounds a minute. Neil Oliver (above) ex­am­ines the de­vel­op­ment of these weapons and the haunt­ing legacy it caused in Portree, which lost so many young men be­cause of them.

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