THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME

A tragic attack

Format: HD
Duration: 52 ’
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Available versions: French | English subtitles
Rights: All rights / Worldwide
Director: Jean-François Delassus

Synopsis

July 1, 1916, 7:30am. In the Somme, 500,000 French and British soldiers, on a front stretching 40 km, launch the most senseless attack of an absurd war. Carrying 35 kg on their backs and with orders not to run or drop on the ground, they walk towards death as if on a parade. That morning, 60,000 men fall.

This absurd obstinate pursuit of an error would last 5 months.

With more than a million casualties on both sides, the Battle of the Somme would cost more lives than Verdun in twice as less time. For negligible results.