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On 1st July 1916, one of the bloodiest battles in history began, The Battle of the Somme. In this drama documentary recount some of the events that took place during this World War I battle through actual letters and journals of the soldiers who fought on the Western Front.
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@youtubecreators384 2 yıl önce
What I really love about this documentary is how it shows the suffering of both sides, portraying the Germans as being no less human than the Brits and the French. Big kudos for that.
@brudgerfrudger2174 2 yıl önce
do not forget who started both world wars. Not coincidence.
@youtubecreators384 2 yıl önce
@@brudgerfrudger2174 Politicians, aristocrats, greedy men who wanted to build an empire. All wars are declared by old men. But it is young men who are forced to die for them.
@sprintershepherd4359 2 yıl önce
If you haven't read or watched, All's quiet on the western front , you should give it a look its from the Germans perspective , you will probably like it
@spacetime66 2 yıl önce
@@brudgerfrudger2174 so they are less human?
@mcvf7051 2 yıl önce
My great grandfather fought at the Somme. Sargent John William Innes he was wounded 3 times in the battle. My GG lived the rest of his life with shrapnel in his brain which caused him terrible pain. The Canadian soldiers were strong and incredibly brave.🇨🇦🇬🇧
@TheMoose126 2 yıl önce
I remember seeing a lot of photographs and stills of the first units of the PPCLI when I was in DP1 and 2. They adorned the walls and I always had an interest in looking at then whenever we had a break, there were stories of when some units were captured, the Germans thought they had captured giants, as the smallest man was 5' 11"
@haroldbell213 Yıl önce
My great grandfather got shot in the hip. He spent his entire life after that on morphine. He was one crazy driver so my mother said. She was in a car with him at a train crossing. He thought he might just run that train over
@generalbooger9146 Yıl önce
Furll What?!?!
@lslarose9873 Yıl önce
My great grandfather was also in this battle. He got hit by shrapnel in the back and then shot through the jaw while looking for help on the battle field. He survived and lived with pieces of metal in his back for the rest of his life.
@RedIce989 Yıl önce
The Canadians fought as bravely as all the allies.🇨🇦🇨🇦.
@nikispaniki 2 yıl önce
My grandfather was a medic in 314th regiment. Completely shell shocked, so they pulled him out of the line and made him a field hospital orderly. He came back with a whole list of psychological problems including turning into a compulsive thief. He would steal completely useless things that never helped him but did get him into trouble. He lost numerous jobs but people in the small community understood the war messed him up so he was never convicted of the crimes. He would be smoking quietly and suddenly just start to shake uncontrollably. We grandkids were always asking” what’s wrong with grandpa?”
@harryedwards9391 Yıl önce
What a poor sod . I class these medics and stretcher bearers the Bravest of the Brave
@philipfrow3106 Yıl önce
Hero. Ex24 fldamb
@andreawhatman8349 Yıl önce
so too was my Great Grandfather a medic. He did not survive. Cannot imagine what this must have felt like.
@flintfredstone228 Yıl önce
@@harryedwards9391 Well yeah, they were right at the front line
@musicilike69 5 aylar önce
Poor man. I hate war.
@aydenlinden9661 2 yıl önce
The thing this documentary does which I have always appreciated more than anything else is emphasis on its connections to the people who participated. The scene of the men reflecting on that last additional evening before they went into battle moves me so deeply every time. If anything else, I am glad those tens of thousands killed in this horrific conflict got to witness even one last sunrise. Lest We Forget.
@rachaeldangelo1337 Yıl önce
Only the men that were killed will have seen the end of war.
@generalbooger9146 Yıl önce
The connection is the War itself.
@cowboyvalley Yıl önce
@@rachaeldangelo1337 Plato, well done.
@ConAir277 Yıl önce
My 2x great grandad fought in the 2nd battalion Royal Irish Regiment at the Somme. His name was Sargent Patrick Nolan, 65% of his regiment were killed or missing on the 1st day. Somehow he survived and unfortunately was killed at the 3rd battle of Ypres. Thinking of the horror he must have gone through brings tears to my eyes. We will never forget their sacrifice!
@kennethadair1233 11 aylar önce
My great grandfather was also in the 2nd battalion RIR. Killed 22nd August 1916 at the Somme. Body recovered in a trench at thiepval wood
@caro_Uk 7 aylar önce
I have only recently discovered that I had 2 grand-uncles who died in WWI - Uncle James died at the 1st battle of the Somme & Uncle George at Ypes. My grandfather Sam was injured 5 times, won the Military Medal in 1917 & survived. Ordinary men who performed heroically.
@MrBagpipes 5 aylar önce
Oh had they died by Pearse's side or fought with Cathal Brugha their names we'd keep where the Fenians sleep 'neath the shroud of the foggy dew.
@russjohnson8228 3 aylar önce
My gg died first day of the somme , heros all of them
@minutemen3521 2 aylar önce
It's my dream to join the royal Irish
@TedBronson1918 2 yıl önce
I'm glad people are taking a closer look at WW I now. The amount of battlefield deaths and injuries was horrendous. I hope more footage, pictures and firsthand accounts can be found and put into historical works so that the period will stay well documented and remembered.
@JDD8888 Yıl önce
Watch EUROPA the last battle.
@ryanj7986 Yıl önce
I agree. I remember being taught so much in both middle and high school about WWII, but the Great War - which is just as important a scar on modern history, if not more so - was given a few weeks' time in my social studies class in high school. It wasn't until much later that I started learning more about it.
@XaviRonaldo0 10 aylar önce
As an Australian the great war was by far the worst war per capita for our country. We used to learn a lot about Gallipoli but not much about the western front despite the ANZACs playing a vital role there. I know we weren't involved in the Somme but we certainly were on the western front. Unfortunately I fear it's not part of the school curriculum anymore.
@VitaKet 10 aylar önce
Likely none of this footage was actually from WW1 but from reenactments. Footage exists but very little has been digitized and the footage that has been you can barely tell what you are looking at.
@itsrenee2510 3 yıl önce
As a history student who has been closely studying the history of WW1, this documentary have brought me in absolute tears. I’ve read it in textbooks but its not the same; all we see are numbers of casualties but what we never see are the stories and courageous lives that these men lived. Remembrance day will never be the same. To every soldier and veteran who have fought, I express my utmost respect to you. Truly legends.
@shanejohns7901 2 yıl önce
They really were living at a time where military strategies hadn't quite caught up with the times as well. Getting mowed down by machine guns knowing there's no possibility for a retreat order to come....horrifying. Absolutely horrifying!!
@brimstonetheentryfragger7645 2 yıl önce
You don‘t read memoires of soldiers in history class? I can give you a list if u want
@Based_Druid 2 yıl önce
Also, Dan Carlin.
@johnhowe6178 2 yıl önce
@@Based_Druid Blueprint for Armageddon. Amazing podcast
@Based_Druid 2 yıl önce
@@johnhowe6178 That’s the one. Thank you, the name was eluding me.
@noahfinn4304 2 yıl önce
Wow. I am 12 years old and this has me in tears. I am one of the few children of my age that finds that is really interested in the wars. It is just heartbreaking. This documentary was so well done, I can really feel the soldiers pain.
@benghazi4216 2 yıl önce
I hope you realize something most young people never do before reaching the age of enlistment, including myself. When the rich wage war it's the poor who die.
@noahfinn4304 2 yıl önce
@@benghazi4216 yes, sadly that is true
@yulkwon4492 2 yıl önce
well guess I'm not the only one
@noahfinn4304 2 yıl önce
@@Jasspero jeez calm down do you have any fellings?
@SStoj 2 yıl önce
JRR Tolkien fought in this battle. He was "lucky" enough to contract trench fever from lice and be shipped back home for treatment after surviving 2 major assaults. Imagine how many Tolkiens we lost in this war on both sides. People who if they lived their lives in peace could contribute their intellect to better society. How much art, science, music, literature etc. lost from men who never got to follow their dreams?
@jakew7982 2 yıl önce
Unfortunately, it took something like WW1 to finish moulding Tolkien.
@bobylapointe8784 2 yıl önce
Tolkien said that he took model from the courage of simple british soldier during this war for the character of Samwise Gamgee. And Tolkien lost all his best friends in this war, friends from college he shared with his researches about the new language he was creating ... very sad. He thinks probably about these friends (and certainly to the dead of this war) when at the end of "the lord of the ring" he makes Frodo explains that sometimes, it's necessary that some have to abandon certain things so that others can continue to enjoy them.
@ti-lo5hy Yıl önce
Which came first, the genius or the trauma?
@SStoj Yıl önce
@@ti-lo5hy Given he was an Oxford graduate in English language and literature with first class honours before he left for the war, I'd say the genius was definitely already there.
@glowfertus Yıl önce
Being in a fight like this is something I could never imagine but there was still bravery despite it being so scary. Thank you to all the soldiers who fought throughout.
@TheJoxy1 2 yıl önce
My Grandad was in this battle. He joined up in 1914 having lied about his age he was 14. He was a soldier to the end. He was also at Dunkirk. He was lucky to survive both.
@aidanmercer9422 Yıl önce
Your grandad was a legend. It’s a shame that not everyone was so lucky. ❤️
@paulm6455 Yıl önce
@George Thomas not uncommon; my grandad fought at ypres after lying about being only 15 to the recruiting guy. Survived war despite being shot, hit by shell fragments and gassed, went down the pit for next thirty years and fire watched in ww2. They don't make them like those boys anymore. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🙏❤
@TheJoxy1 Yıl önce
@@paulm6455 Can you imagine a 14 year old now going to war.
@mbp7060 Yıl önce
I bet he got grounded for a year after pulling that stunt.
@barbaracameron-smith7093 4 aylar önce
My grandfather, Scottish born and grown up in Sydney Australia, was a stretcher bearer in this battle and others in WW1. This depiction means a lot.
@HadiYounes 3 aylar önce
As a Frenchman from the Somme, I say thanks to your grandfather ❤️
@brahim119 4 yıl önce
A little over a century has past and still every time I read, watch and listen about that horrible war my heart aches and get tears in my eyes. What all those poor souls have been through is beyond my wildest imagination. May all of them rest in peace.
@SimDeck 3 yıl önce
I hear you. Same here.
@nigelfentton7348 3 yıl önce
I read the book 1914 by Max Hastings 7 times..I get angry every time...!!!
@paulwilkinson4073 2 yıl önce
Same for me, my great grandfathers uncle fought in it. He fought for Canada and was originally from Ireland. I think he either fought in the Somme, passchendaele or both. He survived, all veterans should be remembered with utmost respect and all the fallen who won’t throw old just so we can
@terrytowelling1807 2 yıl önce
sounds like indigestion
@annettehunter9743 2 yıl önce
My grandad fought in the Somme. He survived with a bullet wound in his side. He worked with the horses. Never spoke of the horrors he saw. He lived to 95 and loved a whisky with his cigarettes. He had 12 children. A gentle soft spoken man who never complained
@svenerikjohansson8130 5 aylar önce
I guess for many that were actually there it was traumatic to talk about it, and somethng many soldiers wanted to forget. Post traumatic stress syndrom was talked about after the Vietnam war, but of course it must have existed also 1914-1918. Glad Your granddad survived. Otherwise maybey You wouldn´t have existed.
@annettehunter9743 5 aylar önce
@@svenerikjohansson8130 thank you
@keeley-jasminemaxinecavend9780 4 aylar önce
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
@annettehunter9743 4 aylar önce
@@keeley-jasminemaxinecavend9780 that's beautiful
@bandaidtheparasite6471 2 yıl önce
Imagine experiencing this and surviving only to hear later of the massive casualties, discovering that you were part of one of the largest and bloodiest battles to date.
@robertraymond762 2 yıl önce
Seriously... Crazy.
@scottadkins7322 2 yıl önce
And then imagine having to right back into the trenches and do the whole thing over again and again, day after day....
@zakball9127 Yıl önce
@@scottadkins7322 for another 2 and a half years
@mbp7060 Yıl önce
I couldn't imagine it. How did you get through it?
@tumetal 10 aylar önce
You don’t think the massive casualties would be obvious to someone who was there and survived? 🤔
@Ijusthopeitsquick 2 yıl önce
There is something pleasing and warm about the way they wrote to their loved ones ("My dearest mother"), and their comments on their own terrifying situation are stoical and insightful. The overall impression is of a nobler and warmer generation than our own.
@wenthulk8439 Yıl önce
I don't know if our generation is less noble and less warm but these men do deserve commendation
@michaelwhite8031 Yıl önce
They were more inoccent in some way and more worthy.
@Rex1987 8 aylar önce
you also have to think about the censorship in place if anything was written in a way that wasnt "honorable"
@huntclanhunt9697 6 aylar önce
People were smarter back then.
@David_brent 6 aylar önce
​@@huntclanhunt9697 letters were also censored back then....alot of changes were made to original letters
@benwise9327 2 yıl önce
I’m an American college student, and I chose to write two papers over the Somme. One was a historiography, and the other was a historical fiction... None of my work has made me feel this much for either side. This documentary was spectacular, and even though I’m enlightened more on the subject, I’m greatly saddened that these events ever took place. I’m saddened that men were massacred, and whole towns were left without fathers, brothers, and sons... R.I.P. to all who fell at the Somme, and for those who died earlier or later in the war. Both sides, thank you for your service. Thank you for doing what you felt was right in the face of horror and atrocities. May you rest easy now that your job is done, and may the families of the deceased find peace in knowing that neither side gave up for their beliefs. 🙏🏻🕊💙
@Dave-hu5hr 2 yıl önce
You 'thank the service' of the opposing combatants of two nations you're not of from a time you didn't exist.. ? 100% Polyethylene mate?
@j.j.c.s2802 2 yıl önce
@@Dave-hu5hr Your sentence construct is appalling. Also, can you not appreciate the sentiment? 100% Troll.
@scottadkins7322 2 yıl önce
You should look into the battle for Okinawa in Feb. 1945; or more recently, the Battle of Roberts Ridge in Afghanistan...
@JDD8888 Yıl önce
Watch EUROPA the last battle, it's a true factual account of WW2, 12 hour documentary that may very well shift your paradigm, sharing is caring.
@romancatholicword528 Yıl önce
It’s one of the most fascinating and saddest things to watch. Yet cannot stop to asking myself how on earth did those young men keep it together. RIP soldiers of the Somme and if the Great War !
@svenerikjohansson8130 5 aylar önce
And may many of them ressurect in glory when it´s time
@marcushill1674 3 yıl önce
My great Grandfather lost his life in this battle, Pvt. Albert Coburn 23 years old, sadly left his wife and 3 children. The sacrifice these men made is incredible, lest we forget.
@elizabethhayward570 3 yıl önce
My great uncle died in the Somme it is such a waste of young life.
@marcushill1674 3 yıl önce
@@elizabethhayward570 That's sad to hear and indeed it was, how old was your Great uncle when he went to the somme?
@elizabethhayward570 3 yıl önce
@@marcushill1674 I think he was about 22 he had emigrated to Australia. His family here thought he would not be called up.
@marcushill1674 3 yıl önce
@@elizabethhayward570 That's crazy and very unfortunate, so did he serve with the Australian Army or did he make the journey back to the UK? regardless the sacrifices made is nothing short astonishing, sorry for all the questions
@jobjonas3970 11 aylar önce
He died a hero and he will always be remembered
@jime9243 2 yıl önce
I'm a Vietnam era vet, but never could imagine anything like this. Stationed in South Korea, my biggest problem was who was making the bear run. This is the best documentary on the subject that i have seen. WW1 battles must have been an absolute horror shows.
@godleh2152 2 yıl önce
Thank you for your service.
@serwombles8816 2 yıl önce
Dare I ask whats a Bear run?
@MIKE-TYTHON 2 yıl önce
@@serwombles8816 probably meant beer run
@rebekahlikesmusic2723 Yıl önce
Thank you for your service
@hannahdyson7129 7 aylar önce
To be fair , bear running sounds dangerous
@chugwaterjack4458 2 yıl önce
This is one of the best portrayals of combat to be seen, especially considering the length. Makes Saving Private look like a short subject. The attention paid to the moments leading up to the assault are the best I've ever seen, other than being there. THE BEST WWI MOVIE MADE!
@VitaKet 10 aylar önce
All Quiet on the Western Front (2022), 1917 (2019), They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
@chugwaterjack4458 10 aylar önce
@@VitaKet Okay - four way tie, and I might add All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
@johnconrades2324 Yıl önce
I am American. My grandfather served in the first world war and shared pictures and stories to me, but he died when I was 16 years old. I wish I had asked him more about his experiences. He was in the artillery and when we saw lightning in the distance he always said it reminded him of the shells exploding far away. He was an officer and while his unit was usually the hammer and not the nail, he did lose a close friend when a German shell came unexpectedly over a hill and struck a command tent.
@matthewmcclure3181 2 yıl önce
Amazing how something that happened over 100 years ago can fill me with so much anger. My immediate thought at the end was an interest in knowing how the careers played out for the senior officers who orchestrated this campaign. I feel fortunate to have served at a time when the lives of soldiers were held with a bit more value, but it becomes a feeling of guilt when I watch things like this.
@brahim119 Yıl önce
*@Matthew McClure.* We have to recognize that the US Supreme commander during WWII Dwight Eisenhower cared about each and every soldier and was always carefully planning any offensive to minimize casualties before landing the troops in France, he even was very upset and reprimanded some generals, including Paton and Montgomery for their recklessness. However for me Montgomery was still a great military commander.
@iainhowe4561 Yıl önce
Well, you're not going to enjoy this, Matt... Henry Rawlinson didn't suffer because of the Somme. He was later appointed to lead the 5th Army and commanded the Battle of Amiens, where he showed that he had, at least, the brains to learn from his mistakes - the Battle of Amiens was staged on a narrow front with limited objectives and without the prior bombardment that achieved so little, other than warning the Germans. It was deemed a success and at the close of World War One, parliament passed a vote of thanks for his work and gave him a reward of 30,000 pounds. The next year he was elevated to the peerage as the 1st Baron Rawlinson. After the war he went on to command the Indian Army, where he was a proponent of taking a firm hand with the rebels. In addition to being appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, he was also appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath and, late in his career, Knight Grand Commander of the Order of India. He died in Delhi after a surgery on his stomach in 1925 and was buried with some pomp in the chapel of the Order of St Michael and St George. So, yeah, he made out a lot better than the poor men he commanded at the Somme and, despite presiding over the biggest disaster in Military history, had a glittering career...
@MarlboroughBlenheim1 Yıl önce
The generals were only doing what the politicians demanded. London demanded a major breakthrough, and the generals used their best efforts to deliver it. They tried to maximise its chances by a massive bombardment but at that time a major infantry attack was standard - remember this was before the tank or airplane was developed. There was no alternative. This was a ghastly war. But the men who fought in it didn’t share our sensitivities. They were proud of their country and of doing their duty. They died knowing this. It was a different world utterly to ours. That said, we cannot avoid applying our values to it and when we do that we cannot understand it.
@JDD8888 Yıl önce
Watch EUROPA the last battle, it's a true factual account of WW2, 12 hour documentary that may very well shift your paradigm, sharing is caring.
@MarlboroughBlenheim1 Yıl önce
@@JDD8888 how do you know it’s true?
@QuantuimAI 11 aylar önce
The scene of the men reflecting on that last additional evening before they went into battle moves me so deeply every time. If anything else, I am glad those tens of thousands killed in this horrific conflict got to witness even one last sunrise.
@philipswain4122 3 yıl önce
I knew two veterans from this battle. One was shot in the head, survived and went back for the second battle. Both survived the war and lived into their 90s
@philipswain4122 3 yıl önce
@Logan Jones. 1970s
@jaybot303functionerror4 3 yıl önce
@Logan Jones. Harry patch who fought in the 3rd battle of Ypres or Passchendaele lived to be 111 dying in 2009 he was wounded in groin & went on to have 3 wife’s & 2 children. I think the desire to live when you have seen complete horror, breeds a distinct spirit.
@jaybot303functionerror4 3 yıl önce
Kent Tekulve the last U.K. veterans of the Somme are dead Anyone who served in 1916, would be over 100 years old.
@jaybot303functionerror4 3 yıl önce
Kent Tekulve are from Britain or were they German or commonwealth troops.
@tovaryshushcherbytsky7141 2 yıl önce
@@ryleeroseborough7885 Nono, he knew two veterans in the 1970s.
@neillydun 28 gün önce
Aside from Armistice Day, there are two days in the year in which I set aside time to remember the fallen. The 1st of July, for the Somme, and 25th of April (Anzac Day) for Gallipoli. I had relatives in both campaigns, both lucky enough to survive. May they rest in the peace that they were not afforded in life.
@veritas-revelare-omnis5217 2 yıl önce
This makes my heart ache that all these people died for what? Its pretty obvious our nations/governments care little for our lives! Our veterans are treated just as bad. I salute all the fallen soldiers, thank you.
@willdixon2349 Yıl önce
Great comment.
@JDD8888 Yıl önce
Watch EUROPA the last battle, it's a true factual account of WW2, 12 hour documentary that may very well shift your paradigm.
@isengard1500 Yıl önce
@@JDD8888 EUROPA the last battle is just Socialist propaganda, akin to communist propaganda really.
@ratghost25 2 yıl önce
Part drama, part documentary, an extremely moving tribute to those men who fought, suffered and died at the Battle of The Somme. And great praise and remembrance to head nurse Borden.
@karinagbilbao 2 yıl önce
I believe the highlight of this documentary is that they showed history from the soldiers perspective. Their thoughts and fears in their letters, their experiences. These were actual people, with their own personal lives and families. We often just see names and places and dates and battles, not faces. I particularly liked how they showed the role of women in the battlefield as nurses and doctors. They also suffered and endured in different ways, physical and mentally. An important part of the war often overlooked.
@silasbenz9224 5 aylar önce
This is my favorite documentary of all time. I wish there was more content by this team in this style. I've watched other Real Truth documentaries but nothing compares to this one. If I've missed something and someone could point me in the right direction, I would be eternally grateful.
@chris3483 3 yıl önce
My grandfather was there at the fall of Crete ww2 and visiting the area he fought for his life in and visiting the cemeteries where so many of his comrades lie was a humbling and powerful experience.
@chasecentario5308 2 yıl önce
A soldier’s moment, no past and no future. Just this moment.
@paulkelly6494 Yıl önce
Nicely said
@harrycambridge420 Aylar önce
We must never, ever forget the sacrifices made by these extraordinary brave men.
@randyr.9643 Yıl önce
My Great-Grandfather was a German soldier in WW1. He moved with his family to the states in the early 1920's and he died in 1979 at 81 years old. I was only 8 years old at the time and don't remember a whole lot about him. I do know that he was serving in the German Army in 1916 because we have pictures of him in his uniform from that time. He never spoke about the war and we don't have any of his military records. Every time I see a video like this, I wonder if Opa was there. R.I.P. to the soldiers on both sides...
@paulvickers3800 11 aylar önce
Hi My Great Grandad was in the first world war, remember him having a flashback.. Remember my Grandad saying to me, they said you come home fit for a king, how they lied. My Grandad went to Germany, I asked what's it like, he said lovely people and polite.. My Great Grandad also past away in 79. Aged 90.. Still got a Postcard with German Solders on it..
@svenerikjohansson8130 5 aylar önce
And may many of them ressurect in glory when that time comes
@St.Linguini_of_Pesto Yıl önce
All the history classes I'd attended as a kid never covered any period or event beyond the industrial age. I've been curious about The Great War, and in the last 3 years or so, I've sought out whatever I could discover. I'm glad I've found this - things keep popping up in programs & streaming services I watch referring to any one of the thousands of incidents and/or people in this war. I keep finding myself utterly mindblown.. and each time, I'm in tears.
@csmall816 Aylar önce
I never met my great grandfather but he served in the 57th Battalion AIF. He came back full of shrapnel. Apparently in the last few years of his life it was moving around in his body so he lived in chronic pain. I lived with my grand parents for a number of years and my grandfather over time told me a few stories his father told him. The one which really stuck in my head and gave me nightmares when I was young was about a trench charge. My grandfather described how the soldiers were so single minded and determined to make the charge, a man literally cut in half by German machine gun fire and afterwards, the legs were still attempting to run. I appreciate how this story showed both sides and how cruel and barbaric war can be for the average person. They who forget the past will repeat it.
@willk1756 3 yıl önce
Great documentary. I show it to my classes every year during Remembrance week. The students and myself always get watery eyed at 27:00. That shot where it seamlessly transitions to the real men hits home in a way no other film or documentary i've ever seen on the war has.
@tritop Yıl önce
my Grand-Grandfather descriped the same at the german side, he ( already older at that time ) saw very young soldiers marching, singing and smiling and when they stepped around the corner and saw the battlefield you could litrally see that everything inside of these man changed totaly at the spot; after battle you could hear the word "Mama" from all sides
@JDD8888 Yıl önce
Watch EUROPA the last battle, it's a true factual account of WW2, 12 hour documentary that may very well shift your paradigm.
@murderc27 2 yıl önce
Imagine being 15 and becoming a man who's seen more horrible things than almost anyone you meet for the rest of your life.
@MetalFan10101 2 yıl önce
Didn't grow up on a council estate did you?
@howey935 2 yıl önce
My great uncle joined up at 15 he didn’t make his 18th birthday.
@murderc27 2 yıl önce
@@MetalFan10101 Nor did I grow up in the projects, as we'd say in America (I think those terms are comparable? I had to Google).
@kwameasante5888 2 yıl önce
@@murderc27 I think that’s his point
@juandeag5194 2 yıl önce
My great-great-grandfather was one of the "lucky" ones. Being a dane living in german occupied Schleswig, he was forced to fight for Germany along with approx. 30.000 other danish men. He luckily survived it but lost his leg during the war. It's very sad and somehow quite ironic that his grandfather or great-grandfather fought in the war of 1864 against the Prussians on Denmark's side. My parents were the first generation in our family that aren't extreme German haters.
@erikrungemadsen2081 2 yıl önce
That hatred is still alive and well in some parts of the country, my brothers wife from Oldeburg had to change her specialty from gerontology to pediatrics, due to some of the experiences she had working with old people in southern Jutland. You can't really blame the people that went through this, it takes a long time to forgive and even longer to forget.
@tritop Yıl önce
​@@erikrungemadsen2081You had some satisfaction with the refugees in 45/46 at least
@Tobi-ln9xr Yıl önce
Is that the reason why Denmark surrendered just after 6 hours in the 1940 war against Germany?
@purplepinto Yıl önce
This documentary is so raw and confronting. Reading textbooks and history books and casualty lists just can't convey the depth and breadth of the human experience of something like this.
@niksteele715 2 yıl önce
This is really well put together, bravo. Honestly hard to believe this actually happened... Such a huge cost of life
@JDD8888 Yıl önce
Watch EUROPA the last battle, it's a true factual account of WW2, 12 hour documentary that may very well shift your paradigm.
@St.Linguini_of_Pesto Yıl önce
@@JDD8888 thank you for your suggestion.. but the war being portrayed in this excellent film is World War I aka The Great War.
@JDD8888 Yıl önce
@@St.Linguini_of_Pesto I know brother, I'm pretty sure EUROPA covers ww1 also but i could be wrong it's been a while since i watched it.
@MrPear40 Yıl önce
Charlie May's letter is one of the profound pieces of WW1 history I have ever heard.
@mcschneiveoutdoors3681 3 yıl önce
The soldiers on both sides were so eloquent in the letters. The way they spoke was so poetic.
@guavaburst 3 yıl önce
Checkout American civil war letter writing then...
@julz3tt3 3 yıl önce
Sadly that is lacking today.
@marrs1013 3 yıl önce
Not to downplay it, but millions of letters were written. I'm sure these few you hear about is handpicked for quality. Average, barely educated farmhands, miners and factory workers didn't write like this.
@taylormade2826 2 yıl önce
@@marrs1013 I served in Afghanistan in 2010, my regiment lost 18 men with about double that losing limbs, it was my regiments worst fighting since the Korean war, I never returned letters to my family because it gave me a massive surge of emotion and made me feel like I was writing my "last" letter. Its a very strange experience to put pen to paper to family back at home I always wonder how many lads had the same emotiona as me during the world wars
@christopherlees1134 2 yıl önce
People were smarter then. The further you go back, the more brilliant they were.
@SniffBackBetter 2 yıl önce
This is absolutely superb. The acting is on a par with anything I've seen in any big-budget Hollywood film.
@youtubeblockscomments 2 yıl önce
They need to make a big budget film that shows ww1 in depth, like saving private Ryan.
@louisvuitton56 2 yıl önce
I wouldn’t go that far
@jacobtrujillo9469 2 yıl önce
@hanspetertrostek4636 2 yıl önce
@@louisvuitton56 ,
@HELLSP4WN 2 yıl önce
I disagree have you never seen Slam dunk Ernest, Bio dome, the green lantern?
@callumsherratt5436 2 yıl önce
It’s actually mind blowing to think that there are still veterans from ww2 and ww1 who have killed enemies. My great grandad fought in the army in ww1, my grandad fought in ww2 in the RAF, my grandad died a few years before I was born but I would’ve loved to meet him 😔💙🇬🇧
@Kriegserinnerungen 2 yıl önce
the last ww1 veteran died in 2012, and the last veteran to see combat died in 2009
@noxscotchxtape 2 yıl önce
There's a fantastic book about the last living veteran to see combat. It's call the last fighting tommy
@silversparrow1457 11 aylar önce
I really enjoyed this, and it took some time for me to find the actual credits of those who produced it and starred in the roles. Here are the credits for anyone that wants to look into the producers other works or the actors' filmographies: The Somme (2005) Director: Carl Hindmarch Starring: Laurence Kennedy and Ed Stoppard Producers: Carl Hindmarch, Geraldine Hawkins, Alex Kiehl, John Smithson, Piers Vellacott, Julian Ware Studio: Darlow Smithson Productions Limited
@TheDeadFormat 10 aylar önce
Thank you for sharing. Ed Stoppard is great in this film. His performance in The Pianist was so memorable.
@DrGarri 2 yıl önce
I sobbed at the end of this documentary, at last we see the real people behind the guns. We, our children or our friends, could have been those who died in these horrible wars that man has created, and for what? That this happened more than 100 years ago doesn't make it less painful in my view, it just shows me how little man has grown and learned from these horrors, despite the graphic testimonies, so often I feel humanity is doomed.
@AlbertDongler 7 aylar önce
Wow. Superbly put together. Absolutely gripping and equally horrific
@arnulfogonzalez3236 3 yıl önce
Love the documentary/movie put together..may every soldier who served in WW1 rest in peace.
@JDD8888 Yıl önce
Watch EUROPA the last battle, it's a true factual account of WW2, 12 hour documentary that may very well shift your paradigm.
@rockbay79 Yıl önce
Excellent documentary!!! I love the way the makers of this documentary "blend" the actors with real footage of the real brave souls! Nice work indeed!
@stephenland9361 Yıl önce
Back when I first studied the history of The Great War, I questioned why troops would walk towards the enemy. I then learned it was the only reasonable way to get there. If they ran, they would be exhausted on arrival and likely wouldn't be able to properly fight. If they got down and crawled, it would take far too long and they would still be targets for machine guns and artillery. So, as pointless as it seems today, walking was the only viable option. Unfortunately, in many cases, it wasn't even viable and the troops got slaughtered.
@josephwolosz2522 2 yıl önce
This is one of the best documentaries of war I've seen. Outdated tactics in a then modern war. To hunker down like animals and get wasted on brutal attacks. Stories from both sides linked by letters and diaries to those they loved and left behind.
@carfo 17 gün önce
i am completely impressed with the production of this documentary. i love the realistic skits especially!
@creativemd275 3 yıl önce
I don't think ive cried as much watching this. Even the graves ethced with no name just 'A Soldier' - their loved ones never knowing where they rest. There's so much we all take for granted nowadays. I wondered how I would ever have coped if I were in such a terrible war.
@kenc9236 2 yıl önce
When I was a kid delivering newspapers I had a stop to an old man and his wife. He always gave me a tip. At the time I thought nothing of it. Long story short he invited me into his home and I seen the photos from WW1 and listened to his stories and always with a cup of tea. I will never forget him and the stories he shared with me.
@CaptainM792 2 yıl önce
It would be great if you could share a few of those stories with us.
@ImGoingSupersonic 2 yıl önce
What country do u live in?
@kenc9236 2 yıl önce
@@ImGoingSupersonic Best country on earth Canada
@kenc9236 2 yıl önce
@@ImGoingSupersonic Canada
@andrewhoneycutt7427 2 yıl önce
Thank you for sharing that simple anecdote. It reveals a lot about who those people were and it is real.
@tracyhodgkins7516 6 aylar önce
Though I remember seeing this docudrama on TV, I had forgotten how incredibly moving it is. The First World War almost seems ridiculous, a four year fight for what amounted to the same patch of land. However, to see it as futile, worth nothing, is, at least I think, to insult the memory of those brave men, so often very young men, who fought and did not get to come home, and those who lived for years afterwards with the physical and emotional injuries of war. I can’t imagine for a moment how it must feel to write to loved ones on the eve of battle, knowing you might never see them again. Their courage and sacrifice must never be forgotten.
@yolandacroes5491 2 yıl önce
I was riveted and moved by this outstanding documentary, more than any Hollywood movie. There are no villains in this story except the imperial powers that be that sent a a whole generation of young men into a cruel and senseless meatgrinder.
@freedomfirst5557 2 yıl önce
We cannot possibly can even come close to knowing their fear, their sadness, their sacrifices, how tired, hungry, cold, hot they were through their crucible.
@bensmith7932 2 yıl önce
The truth is, there were 100s of battles just like the Somme.
@DaRyteJuan 2 yıl önce
@@bensmith7932 Since the Battle of the Somme cost 1M men, then that would mean hundreds of millions of men were lost. So that’s not true.
@theunhappygamer1744 2 yıl önce
@@bensmith7932 No, not really. This was the worst day in British military history.
@erikrungemadsen2081 2 yıl önce
Read some of the War poets from that time, their works give you some idea of what these people experienced, felt, and thought.
@JB-yb4wn 2 yıl önce
@@erikrungemadsen2081 *In Flanders Fields* In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. That is why we have poppies on Remembrance Day. Written By Lt.Col John McCrae, Canadian Expeditionary Force: McCrae fought in the Second Battle of Ypres in the Flanders region of Belgium, where the German army launched one of the first chemical attacks in the history of war. They attacked French positions north of the Canadians with chlorine gas on April 22, 1915 but were unable to break through the Canadian line, which held for over two weeks. In a letter written to his mother, McCrae described the battle as a "nightmare", For seventeen days and seventeen nights none of us have had our clothes off, nor our boots even, except occasionally. In all that time while I was awake, gunfire and rifle fire never ceased for sixty seconds ... And behind it all was the constant background of the sights of the dead, the wounded, the maimed, and a terrible anxiety lest the line should give way. - McCrae Alexis Helmer, a close friend, was killed during the battle on May 2. McCrae performed the burial service himself, at which time he noted how poppies quickly grew around the graves of those who died at Ypres. The next day, he composed the poem while sitting in the back of an ambulance at an Advanced Dressing Station outside Ypres. This location is today known as the John McCrae Memorial Site. Coincidentally, he died of the "Spanish Flu" On January 28, 1918, while still commanding No. 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne.
@chiefkeith18 2 yıl önce
Ed Stoppard is such a great actor. Such a shame that he doesn't get the credit he deserves.
@kieranhughes4535 3 yıl önce
My Great Grandfather was in the Cameronians, the Old Constables to be exact. He saw a lot of action during ww1 and he managed to survive. His service dates were 1914-1918, his regiment were the first British unit or one of the first to be sent to France.
@rescuepetsrule6842 3 yıl önce
How cool to have such a rich heritage-SALUTE!
@jamescolquhoun8106 3 yıl önce
My great granfather was one of those first ones sent to france. I have his medals and death plaque.
@jamescolquhoun8106 3 yıl önce
@@kieranhughes4535 i dont have much info at all. My granfather was the one who knew everything. All i have 2 medals amd the death plaque. The only info i have is he went mia during a campaimg in france. Im sure he was in the argyle and sutherland highlanders. And due to there only being 2 medals he died before the end of 1916.
@jamescolquhoun8106 3 yıl önce
@@kieranhughes4535very true.. i would like to know more about him. His name is on a memorial in france according to my aunt.
@tmlfan7785 3 yıl önce
The fact that he lived the whole way is nuts
@ayokolawole1139 2 yıl önce
Excellent documentary. The best I have seen made of world war 1. Often forgotten and overlooked you helped to give light to the great deeds and immeasurable horrors suffered by these men. Thank you.
@JDD8888 Yıl önce
Watch EUROPA the last battle, it's a true factual account of WW2, 12 hour documentary that may very well shift your paradigm, sharing is caring.
@mortanos8938 Yıl önce
So very unneccessary. I am still in tears. I also had German ancestors who paid with their lives in this very battle. The decision makers are to blame. Those who planned out these wars, would always be the ones in safety, dictating the fate of others. And at the end of the day it would be they who survived. As for the poor souls who had to perform their duty, no matter wether English, French or German, would under peaceful circumstances maybe have found great friends amongst one another. We are not much different at the end of the day, but following the lead of madmen and leaders alike has alienated people apart who were once of the same ancestral heritage. At the end of the day it is easy to find the main villain, but lets not forget the string of causality that allowed these situations to arise. If only governments would realise that investing money into helping one another would be more economically viable for all involved, than waste all that potential on weapons and the rebuilding of damaged infrastructures. Most of all, all this unneccessary violence would then perhaps turn into common cause instead. Kudos to the makers of this movie. Warm greetings from Germany.
@andrewcarter7503 Yıl önce
A relative of mine on my father's side. Private Ernest Luke Moss, Somerset Light Infrantry was one of the 19 thousand or so who died 1st July 1916. No burial site but commemorated at Theipval memorial. A generation we may never understand. And will probably never better for their sacrifice. RIP. Heroes.
@St.Linguini_of_Pesto Yıl önce
@Andrew Carter beautifully stated. 🥀☯️♾☯️🥀
@rebekahlikesmusic2723 Yıl önce
@stevensmitty4195 2 yıl önce
I am a 22 year old male living in the U.S. I’m a self proclaimed history buff. I could bet most of my peers have no idea what the battle of the Somme or can even recall minimal knowledge about the Great War. I am grateful for my passion about 20th century world history and I hope the stories of these brave men never die.
@michaelmorgan9601 2 yıl önce
Also 22 and self proclaimed. I try my best to tell my peers about it but I feel like nobody cares and I’m just so shocked how little people know what this world has gone thru.
@benfowler9182 2 yıl önce
23 here living in Colorado.
@phlipp0436 2 yıl önce
Keep it up guys 👍👍
@davidkerr3507 2 yıl önce
Agreed. I’m 26 and most people I know don’t care to learn about this stuff. It’s important history. It shaped the world we live in today.
@gillianclarke7110 Yıl önce
My great great uncle died in this battle, Samuel John Ryder he was just in his early 20s, seeing this just shows how those's man suffered, and what they have gone threw. He was a warrior and also will be, as this battle is told he will be remeber, for as long as there are people to talk about it.
@stephenbesley3177 3 yıl önce
My grandfather lost half his leg on the Somme. One of the lucky ones in some ways but, like so many, suffered after the war and died long before I was born. One of my regrets in life is never having met him.
@cleverusername9369 Yıl önce
Which half?
@julianensworth1483 2 yıl önce
Wow... I'm naturally inclined to dislike low-budget dramatization documentaries and found myself laughing at first but truly the quality of acting and story-telling in this doc is first rate. The portrayal of both sides and the quotes from personal letters is expertly woven into the timeline/narrative to contextualize the history, which is super important! One can really empathize with the emotions and drives of the human spirit... Peace
@donathandorko 2 yıl önce
59:44 In my opinion, this shot is the most remarkable, historic and indeed tragic piece of war film ever. Its actual footage of British soldiers advancing across no man's land on July 1st.
@David_brent Yıl önce
So was that a german camera filming the british coming overin the distance? Very eery feeling watching this clip
@donathandorko Yıl önce
@@David_brent Footage from British lines. It's very difficult to make out the individuals but they are attacking from right to left. There is a cut in the original footage so as not to show the troops falling en masse.
@David_brent Yıl önce
@@donathandorko i wish peter jackson added this clip into that colourised documentary....i see a couple soldiers drop at the bottom center which made me think they were attacking the direction they were being filmed.....i want to find more on this footage but its all so restricted finding it on the internet
@donathandorko Yıl önce
@@David_brent Yeah when I first seen it as a kid i thought it was from a German trench too, because it looks like soldiers coming over a bluff towards the camera. But its taken from a movie from 1916. search 'Battle of the Somme (1916 film)' and you can watch the whole film. Lots of interesting real footage (and a couple of staged scenes too).
@David_brent Yıl önce
@@donathandorko appreciate your help mate all the best👍
@BradBrassman 2 yıl önce
When I was a kid in the 60's my crossing guard at school had fought on the Somme and wore his medals on Armistice Day. I never forgot what he told me that he was a Manchester, and along with thousands of working men from Bradford and Halifax, Leeds, Liverpool and other towns and cities in the north of England had all joined Trades Unions and were all interested in Socialism or Communism, and what satirical magazine, Punch referred to as "the twin spectres". He was of the opinion that the British AND German ruling, upper and middle classes all feared this greatly and where it would lead. This he opined was decided at the famous "Meeting of the Crowned Heads of Europe" in Potsdam at the wedding of one of the Kaisers daughters and to combat the feared rise of "the Twin Spectres" they flung these men in their hundreds of thousands at these Machine Guns.
@warreng3813 6 aylar önce
Well that didn’t play out too well for Tsar Nicholas unfortunately.
@lawrencemarkham479 2 yıl önce
Wow. This really makes me appreciate some of the unimaginable pain & suffering these men/boys went through. Ultimate respect but I can't help but think you weren't adequately forewarned .
@FredJ51 2 yıl önce
I remember when I was a teenager, my grand-uncle Paddy, a Dubliner, was still alive and often came to visit his sister, my grandmother. A dapper little man, he had been in charge of a gun-and-horses limber in The Great War. Fifty years later, he had not got over it. Usually very chipper and humorous, now and then, suddenly, he would get up and disappear into the back yard, where we saw him one day cowering and shaking in the dark of the shed. I never forgot it. No counselling in those days! He wasn't the only elderly man of those days going around the cities with a mind full of the horrors of that war, long into the decades. What he had witnessed I can hardly imagine. Or perhaps one can imagine all one wants.
@Davidofthelost 3 yıl önce
With the last of the veterans of WWI laid to rest, it lays upon us, not simply their families, to remember these soldiers on both sides of the war. To ensure their sacrifice is never forgotten, nor the horrors they witness. As it will be with veterans of all wars that have and will occur within our lives and beyond us.
@alanjefferson1127 5 aylar önce
1:14:40 Jesus Christ look at the anguish on this guy's face, he acted his heart out. You can feel his mind and spirit shattering into a million pieces. This is such a well done documentary-movie.
@brandonreyes2417 5 aylar önce
shooting those surrendering german soldiers is what was tearing him up
@SuperSooner 2 yıl önce
My great grandfather fought this war on behalf of British from British India. Don't forget those unsung heroes. My late father used to talk about his grandpa stories of war at night.
@Shell2164 2 aylar önce
They were all so brave ❤
@grahambarlow1308 2 yıl önce
My Father a medical Student at Guys volunteered for the 6th City of London Rifles. He fought on the Somme with his battalion . On the first day 1200 went over, and next day roll call 145 were left. He survived the Somme and was decorated and mentioned in Dispatches, He always went to Parade with his medals and oak leaves in the centre. He lead a charmed life until 1918 when he was wounded out with mustard gas and phosgene gas burns. It took his father 18 months for him to recover, but he was always erratic afterwards. It really effected his whole life. He died at 81 suffering from the long term effects of these gas injuries. They got him in the end. RIP.
@lewiscartwright3609 2 yıl önce
Life in the Trenches during the first World War was harsh MY heart goes out to those whose relatives who fought in the first world war and the second world war
@jared_slouch395 2 yıl önce
It is important to remember not only the horrific human sacrifice in this war, but also the sacrifices of the service animals especially horses. No living thing should ever have to experience this. Let's hope it never happens again.
@nickstravels 3 yıl önce
I visited Thiepval Ridge in 2012. The Germans held the high ground. Attacking there was insanity. The images of the graves at the end of this brought back memories of how I felt when I visited the Thiepval memorial that honours the 72,337 British and South African men who lost their lives at the Somme.
@fezza2283 2 yıl önce
To me, the saddest part is that after all this. just 20 years later, their sons and daughters who they fought to protect from this horror were thrown into another much grander scale of death and destruction. I've always thought ww1, despite its casualty difference compared to ww2 to be the more scary one. sitting in trenches waiting for the call, pinned down for hours on end, forced to walk while bullets rain. just awful, may they rest in peace. Lest we forget
@worldwarbricks7966 2 yıl önce
Agreed, the tense situation would be horrible.
@Ivan-mh8ul 2 yıl önce
I think the conditions in ww1 were way worse than ww2, there were just a lot more battles happening in ww2
@fezza2283 2 yıl önce
@@Ivan-mh8ul yea i always thought ww1 was worse for the individual but on a international scale it was worse in ww2
@Ivan-mh8ul 2 yıl önce
@@haroldfiedler6549 bruh
@northernlight696 Yıl önce
My grandfather, Harry Ludford, born in Birmingham England in 1892 and sent to Canada as a boy in 1901 as one of the Middlemore Home children, fought at the Somme and many other battles with the New Brunswick 26th regiment.
@benedettabenini1507 4 aylar önce
My great-grandfather was called to war in the italian-austrian front, he was 17 years old. May he rest in prace
@nothingbut2465 2 yıl önce
We are taught the idiocy of those in charge, and the Bravery of those who fought. On a trip to Belgium I heard The Last Post performed at a memorial, and to say it was difficult would be an understatement. My eyes swelled and tears fell and I finally understood what it means to say "they shall not grow old as we that are left grow old". We can never repay those who payed the ultimate price for our liberty, may all their souls rest in peace.
@NANA-xb8ew 2 yıl önce
Look at the state of the World. It's hardly "liberated"
@KIBICKE94 22 gün önce
Saddest thing is, it's difficult to comprehend what it was all for. Certainly not our liberty in WWI.
@PsychicalTraumaPL 10 aylar önce
I. Must admit, this brought me to tears several times... Outstanding work in portraying one of the darkest times in Our history. All in all, there's one thing that I was supprised by. With all that work and effort, a Po-2/Tigermoth as a reconnaissance aircraft? Especially that Po-2 was 3d rendered...
@samuelli-a-sam 3 yıl önce
Much respect to all the men who fought and died that day. Let's not forget these men and remember them till our days are over as well
@richardbowers3647 3 yıl önce
Well the neighbors started it!!!
@pablo23481 3 yıl önce
John Triplett they didn’t have a choice, if you were healthy you fought or you were seen as a coward and treated like one so what would you have done in that situation?
@rescuepetsrule6842 3 yıl önce
John Triplett Cool-SALUTE!
@SC-re8qr 3 yıl önce
And make sure your children know too.
@Rickkeys377 2 yıl önce
*in those months
@valhallabound4912 2 yıl önce
You Brits are incredible! love and respect to all the veterans out there.
@johnmelvin4604 4 aylar önce
My grandfather was on the SS Transylvania being shipped to Egypt when it was sunk of the coast of Italy, eventually getting to to the army in Palestine he was shot and injured. After recuperation he was then posted to France where survived a bayonet wound and ended up in a hospital in England. He remained in the army until he had his knee damaged in a friendly game of football in 1921. Took a game of football to end his army career.
@pargaras 5 aylar önce
"16 years old when I went to the war. To fight for a land fit for heroes" A powerful song for a powerful moment in history
@Itapirkanmaa2 2 yıl önce
Incredible acting. Incredible realism. Incredible presence and display of the agony.
@markmtni Yıl önce
36th Ulster Division broke through german lines and achieved all objectives. They were not supported, they advanced too fast and came under fire from their own British artillery. Total shambles, why a concentrated force along a narrow front wasn't used in hindsight is remarkable. These heroic volunteers throughout the British isles were canon fodder for the aristocrats of the day. Nice little film well made, enjoyed it.
@JadeTheElf 3 yıl önce
I've studied and researched this battle for years now the pain and emotional stress those men must of felt the constant artillery barrages day and night, rats and other rodents, the high levels of mud and water, seeing their friends killed off one by one. They say it was the war to end all wars it ended nothing it laid the foundations to a war far worse and higher loss of life in history these men will never be forgotten they shall never grow old and desreve the upmost repesct.
@seanyager3177 3 yıl önce
Well said.. Very well said....
@JDD8888 Yıl önce
Watch EUROPA the last battle, it's a true factual account of WW2, 12 hour documentary that may very well shift your paradigm, sharing is caring.
@HarryFlashmanVC 2 yıl önce
My great grandfather lost a leg at the Somme. We still have his kilt which has a patch where the Maxim Gun bullet hit him in the thigh.
@mmiller7773 2 yıl önce
Bravo for your great grandfather's service!
@joemasello1464 2 yıl önce
Watching war documentaries as realistic as this make my problems seem small and realize how ungrateful we are when we complain and demand.
@PaidSearch 2 yıl önce
Whatever we are going through today, doesn't compare to those in ww1. Remember that when you need to
@deepseafalcin4781 2 yıl önce
@@PaidSearch Since I really dug down into WW1 in 2018 that's a big thing which has helped me. Whenever I feel something is hard I think of these incredible men and immediately the problem doesn't bother me the same way at all.
@bensmith7932 2 yıl önce
That's because you are a decent human with a functional brain. Unfortunately people like you are becoming less common.
@StevenHunterPangians1 2 yıl önce
We will be at Civil War here soon,that seems to be what the Elites have planned for the Working class..smfh
@WilhelmHeiden Yıl önce
Excellent documentary! Well done! RIP, Charles May and millions of others who died in another idiotic blunder of politicians.
@FirmWorm4 2 yıl önce
My favourite audio book of all time is “Somme: Into the breach” it has led to my obsession about the history of this battle and the men who fought in it, a true failure of modern technology, wave after wave and attack after attack the top British generals learned nothing. The losses on the first of July alone should have told them their tactics would not work. Unfortunately they continued to make the same mistakes, they often failed to cut German wire or damage German dugouts with their massive artillery barrages, leaving the infantry to storm into an open field of barbed wire, explosions and machine gun bullets, a field of death and maiming. A hopeless waste of young life that should never be forgotten. We must be anti war and pro peace!
@HabarudoD 8 aylar önce
More a dramatization than a documentary, higher on entertainment value than information. Yet very enjoyable! Excellent dramatization, considering the obvious low budget (resulting in the battlefield being a normal flowerfield, few actors etc), great job!
@tank4024 4 yıl önce
Everyone should visit these battlefields once in their life it’s an eerie feeling you’ll never feel anywhere else and a reminder of what was there
@jiveassturkey8849 4 yıl önce
Hudson C-20 I agree. If I ever make it to France I will definitely visit the Somme. I have visited the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania and it was quite an experience.
@AvulturenamedGoob 3 yıl önce
Strange feeling isn't it, you can drive along the front through all these tiny villages and hamlets and you continually come across these cemeteries containing 50+ graves of Commonwealth soldiers if not far more. Really puts the scale of the battle into perspective.
@koentransparant12345 3 yıl önce
I did visit . by accident and i think you are very right. Everybody should. It makes you very quiet.
@koentransparant12345 3 yıl önce
@Mike Townsend it makes you want to cry . With the first graveyard you think oh yes problably ww1. it is the Somme. But it does get meaning when the graveyards full of young people don't stop. They go on, and on and on. And when you think well there can't be more. There are. It is very sad and you feel something terrible happened. . I was just driving we didnt stop but it makes you think. what kind of people are we? So threat them with respect and everybody should pay a visit.
@somecasualbloke 3 yıl önce
When I went to a crater from an undermining explosion at the Somme, there was an eerie feeling knowing that many Germans were killed in an instant there, then other Germans captured and set up machine guns to cut down the approaching British. I can’t recommend enough that people visit these places to understand the reality of that terrible conflict.
@420yuGtahT 2 yıl önce
My great great grandfather and great great uncle fought in WW1, not too sure what battle but it was in France. RIP to all the brave men who fought in the Wars 🙏
@TheRealWarHistory 5 aylar önce
The Battle of the Somme stands as a testament to the horrors of war and the tremendous loss of life. May we honor the fallen by cherishing peace.
@joshjustjosh9489 Yıl önce
Interesting to see the mix of rifles used for this documentary. Some British soldiers are carrying the historically accurate No. 1 Mk. III SMLE, while others are carrying the No. 4 Mk. I Enfields introduced in the 1930s.
@gregorypalmer5101 2 yıl önce
Nothing is as terrible in terms of bloodshed as 2 equally matched opponents. The bravery of the men in both World Wars is unbelievable.
@JDD8888 Yıl önce
Watch EUROPA the last battle, it's a true factual account of WW2, 12 hour documentary that may very well shift your paradigm, sharing is caring.
@gregorypalmer5101 Yıl önce
@@JDD8888 I will gladly add it to my list but nothing will shake my respect for those who fought in the World Wars.
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