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Extract from the British film 'The Battle of the Somme', produced in 1916
(Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum: 191/1-5)
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Imperial War Museum, 191/1-5; 'The Battle of the Somme', 1916
Running time: 2mins 37secs  

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Study this source carefully. It contains information that could be useful in your presentation on life in the trenches. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What tasks are the soldiers carrying out in this film clip?
  • Do they appear to be working under pressure?
  • Many soldiers in the Great War said that units of soldiers developed strong loyalty and team spirit. Does this clip support that view?
  • Which aspects of trench warfare does this source provide information on?
  • How could this source be used in your final presentation?

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