He­roes of the Somme

doc­u­men­tary / 8.00pm / Yes­ter­day

TV Times - - Thursday -

the Bat­tle of the Somme, which raged for nearly five months from 1 July 1916, was one of the blood­i­est of World War One and, in­deed, in mil­i­tary history. More than a mil­lion sol­diers died in north­ern France as the Al­lies ad­vanced on Ger­man troops across a 15-mile front­line. This doc­u­men­tary tells the sto­ries of seven he­roes from the West­ern Front who were each awarded Bri­tain’s high­est mil­i­tary hon­our, the Vic­to­ria Cross. Fam­ily mem­bers talk about their brave rel­a­tives, while, against a back­drop of archive footage, his­to­ri­ans ex­plain the bru­tal plan of at­tack under Field Mar­shal Dou­glas Haig.

A still from the Bri­tish film The Bat­tle of the Somme

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