The Battle of the Somme 1916

Shot on location on the Western Front in 1916, Battle of the Somme was produced privately and proved more popular than the official films that the War Office had made during the war despite being shockingly graphic. Audiences, well aware of the real conditions in the trenches, seemed to prefer a film that didn't try to pretend that war was easy or fun. In this extract from the silent 80 minute documentary, a wounded soldier is carried on the back of a comrade through a trench Watch more historic footage from our Film Archive or get creative in our Editor's Room at

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