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History Channel - Battle of the Somme The True Story (2006)

Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:33 pm
by gavin63
Battle of the Somme - The True Story

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Ninety years ago, one of the bloodiest days in the history of Britain was captured on film. But this shocking footage has never been shown as it was actually filmed. It was combined with staged sequences to create 'The Battle of the Somme', a propaganda film designed to rally a grieving nation. In the months and years following the brutal battle, the film was seen by around twenty million people. A cameraman called Geoffrey Malins had been allowed to the front lines on The Somme by the British generals. Along with fellow official cinematographer John McDowell, Malins created a graphic portrayal of trench warfare that showed dying British and German soldiers.

Although the British army had been anticipating a great victory - and were happy to see it commemorated on film - the battle did not go as planned. Malins had been filming the build up to the battle; he thought that he would go on the enemy being decimated. But it all went wrong. By the end of that first day almost 20,000 Allied soldiers were dead - the heaviest battlefield casualties ever inflicted on the British army in a single day. Since then, the film's iconic images have defined the Great War. But, the real story hidden in its footage has remained a mystery.

On that same day, 1st July 1916, men from the First Newfoundland Regiment fighting for Britain went over the top and into history. They were virtually wiped out. Now, as their descendants march back in time to find out what they went through, the silent film shot on The Somme surrenders its secrets. A team of investigators using forensic science work to determine the truth. They identify what is probably the first footage of men falling in battle ever captured on film, putting names to the faces of soldiers frozen in time that lead to their descendants, and releasing words spoken by soldiers on that fateful day, words that have never been heard...until now.

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Video Codec: XviD MPEG-4 codec
Video Bitrate: 1317 KB/s
Video Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Video Resolution: 640 x 464
Audio Codec: MPEG-1 Layer 3 (MP3)
Audio BitRate: 160 KB/s (CBR)
Audio Channels: 2 Ch
RunTime: 01:10
Framerate: 25 FPS
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 744 MB
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Subtitles: No TV Cap
Source: DVB


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