The Somme 1916: From Both Sides of the Wire

Watch The Somme 1916: From Both Sides of the Wire

  • 2016
  • 1 Season
  • 8.4  (54)

Marking the centennial of the Battle of the Somme, this program presents the historic encounter from both sides of no-man's land. With access to rare German military archives, Peter Barton reveals a story that contradicts previously unchallenged myths. This series reveals insights about the failed Allied strategy, as well as the revolutionary German tactics that led to their victory.

The Somme 1916: From Both Sides of the Wire
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Seasons
End Game
3. End Game
August 1, 2016
Peter concludes this series with a chronicling of the final months of the campaign. He shows how a remarkable German tactical revolution, begun in the summer of 1916, continued throughout this period to frustrate and ultimately stop the Allied advance.
Defense In Depth
2. Defense In Depth
July 25, 2016
Peter concentrates on the second phase of the battle, from the middle of July to the middle of September, 1916. Barton reveals how an Allied advance on objectives, which should have lasted days, took months instead, and resulted in yet more carnage on the Somme battlefield.
First Day
1. First Day
July 18, 2016
Historian Peter Barton explores the events leading up to the Somme, as well as explaining the notoriously bloody first day of the offensive. Walking the battlefield, he explains the failures that led to over 20,000 British deaths.
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Marking the centennial of the Battle of the Somme, this program presents the historic encounter from both sides of no-man's land. With access to rare German military archives, Peter Barton reveals a story that contradicts previously unchallenged myths. This series reveals insights about the failed Allied strategy, as well as the revolutionary German tactics that led to their victory.

  • Premiere Date
    July 18, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (54)