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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; British film 'The Battle of the Somme', 1916
Running time: 2mins 35secs  

How to use this source:

This film contains pictures of dead bodies, which you may find shocking. You may want to ask your teacher before studying this source. As you study the source, think about:

  • What does this film tell you about the fighting in the Somme and the conditions the soldiers fought in?
  • Is this more or less realistic than modern news coverage of wars?
  • Would you say that this gives a realistic view of the battle or that the maker of the film was trying to protect the audience from the horrors of war?
  • Will you use this source in your presentation?

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