The Battle of the Somme 1
The Battle of the Somme, Part 1. Preparatory action 25-30 June 1916. Shows the activities before Fricourt-Mametz. Similar action took place along the entire British Front in Picardie. A division waiting to move forward on the 30th June. Scenes at Bray as the troops move forward. French peasant women working in the fields out of firing range. Care of artillery horses.
The Battle of the Somme 2
Munition dumps receiving vast supplies of shells. Hidden batteries. Re-filling limbers with 18-pounder shells after 'dumping' the empty cases. A divisional general addresses the Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Fusiliers. A battalion of the Hampshires moving up to the attack. 4-7 inch guns pound the enemy.
The Battle of the Somme 3
6-inch howitzers and Canadian 60-pounders shell the German first-line trenches at Mametz. More troops, the London Scottish and East Yorkshires, start for the trenches. The Manchesters' religious service the evening before the attack.
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Supplies of 'plum pudding' bombs, effective against barbed wire entanglements, are sorted and fired from trench mortars. Bombarding the Germans with 9-2 inch howitzers.
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The Battle of the Somme, Part 2. The Royal Warwickshires having a meal on the evening before the advance. 12-inch high explosive howitzer shells being fired. Troops move up. The Royal Warwickshires rest. The Worcesters fix wire cutters to their rifles.
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A 'flying pig' being fired by a 9-45 inch trench mortar. A field battery in action within two hours of the Germans retiring. Two dead horses killed in the action. Operating the 15-inch howitzer ('Grandmother') manned by the Royal Marine Artillery. The shells which weigh 1,400 pounds each, bombard the German trenches. The morning of the attack, 1st July 1916. A Lancashire battalion awaiting instructions. Moving along the trenches to the front line. Bombers taking up supplies.
The Battle of the Somme 7
The explosion of a mine under the enemy trenches at Hawthorn Redoubt at Beaumont Hamel, followed by an intense bombardment. Royal Engineers survey the huge crater to wire it for occupation by the advance troops. Setting up machine guns. Firing from top of trench parapet. Shrapnel bursting over enemy trenches.
The Battle of the Somme 8
The Battle of the Somme, Part 3. The attack along the entire 16-mile front. British troops go over the top and advance toward the enemy trenches. A sunken road in no man's land is occupied by the Lancashire Fusiliers. Warwickshires advance up a captured trench. Rescuing a wounded comrade. Bringing in the wounded, British and German.
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A Lancashire battalion returns with prisoners. Royal Field Artillery moving up. Gordons' and Devons' dead after their charge on the ridge near Mametz. A German counter attack at La Boisselle.
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'Dantzig Alley' captured and held by the Manchesters. A captured trench mortar. Activity at Minden Post. Attending the wounded.
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The Battle of the Somme, Part 4. British and German wounded. Processing German prisoners. The dressing station at Minden Post. In the background appear the Manchester Pioneers waiting to go into action.
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German curtain fire just outside Minden Post. Clearing the battlefield of snipers and hidden machine-guns. German prisoners. Effect of British shell fire on the German trenches between Fricourt and Mametz. The mail reaches the Devonshires. German dead on the field of battle. The Manchesters pet dog killed.
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The Battle of the Somme, Part 5. A labour battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry repairing a road. The effect of British shell fire on enemy trenches and dug-outs. The wrecked dug-outs at the German stronghold at Fricourt. The shell-shattered village of Mametz. More wercked German dug-outs.
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Captured German mortars and artillery. Lancashire Fusiliers assemble for roll call after the battle. Royal Fusiliers cleaning up after the advance.
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Essex Regiment washing up. Roll call of the Seaforth Highlanders. Cleaning machine guns. Gunners and Highlanders. Bringing up an 8-inch howitzer with a traction engine and placing it in an advanced position. The Worcesters continue the advance. German prisoners depart under escort for England. A map of the battlefield shows the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line.