Spirits of the Somme

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War Documentary hosted by Bob Carruthers, published by Discovery Channel in 2012 - English narration

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The Great War. What many thought would be a short war, "over by Christmas," soon settled into a long slaughter, facilitated by new technology: the improved machine gun, long-range high-explosive artillery, airplanes, tanks, submarines, and mustard gas. The loss of life was unparalleled. 1st July 1916 The Blackest Day. The 1st July 1916, the opening day of the Battle of the Somme, was the blackest day in the history of the British Army. To take pressure off Verdun, the French appealed to the British to launch an offensive on the Somme. 60,000 men became casualties on that one day alone. That is more than one casualty for every second of daylight. It remains the deadliest day in British military history. By the time that battle ended in November 1916, the Somme claimed over one million casualties. In this major Discovery Channel documentary, Emmy Award winning film maker Bob Carruthers returns to the battlefield on 1st July and retraces the events which unfolded on that disastrous day, in hopes that it will never be forgotten. Drawing extensively on rare film and photographs from both British and German sources, the spirit of the men who fought and died on that day is beautifully evoked by these powerful and haunting images from 1916. The film also reveals how the sacrifice of the men of the Somme is being honoured today by the work of the historians and enthusiasts who strive to increase our understanding of the battle and to commemorate the memory of that terrible day. Produced and Directed by Bob Carruthers ; A Coda Books Ltd Production

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Video Codec: H.264 CABAC Main@L3.1
Video Bitrate: 1 471 Kbps
Video Resolution: 720x576
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 30.000 fps
Audio Codec: E-AC3
Audio Bitrate: 224 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 51 min 32 s
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 625 MB
Source: WEB DL
Capper: DocFreak08

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