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Somme, 1st July 1916 DVD (northern) (DVD)

An Interactive Tour of the Northern Somme Battlefield

Reference Military DVDs Somme 1916

By Michael Stedman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Digital
ISBN: 9781844157099
Published: 10th December 2007
Last Released: 29th March 2011

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This ground breaking series of military DVDs is launched here with the release of Somme, 1st July 1916 - Northern Sector. The DVD covers the events of 1st July in the areas from Gommecourt, Serre, Beaumont Hamel, Thiepval to Ovillers.

It contains a visual tour of each of the key areas in the northern sector, together with maps, archive film and contemporary stills. Key attacks are introduced and narrated and guidance is given on how to visit the battlefields today.

Included is an interactive, then and now, panoramic views from certain key points of the Battlefield and a contemporary map of the whole front, not seen before. Also featured is a debate on the controversies and theories that have evolved over the years since the battle, from three key Great War historians, courtesy of the War Studies Department at the University of Birmingham, these being: Gary Sheffield, Peter Simpkins and John Bourne.

What a great DVD. For stories connected to the Battlefields, books are important. That said, DVD's such as this compiled by Pen and Sword Military a great point of visual, as well as academic reference, to further understanding the events as they happened. But this two disc DVD is a must have for anyone who is passionate about the Western Front, and particular the Battle of Somme.
This Interactive tour of the Somme Battlefield brings visually to life the key components of this story...

Great points are made throughout, not least by Gary Sheffield who reminds us that so much of the viewpoints on the Somme are as a result of myth built up in the 1960s and 1970s. They give a good synopses of the personalities involved, command relationships, planning for the Somme attack, and planning involvement. Their discussion, surrounded by books, is mixed in some images from the Somme. This is a discussion, that you can watch over again for point of reference.
Overall, this is a great DVD which will is a very good point of reference.

Jon Sandison

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The second of the DVDs in the series looking at the battle of the Somme during the First World War looks at the Northern sector of the Somme in 1916. Interactive then and now, panoramic views from certain key points of the battlefield and a contemporary map of the whole front not seen before.

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About Michael Stedman

Michael Stedman was born in Salford, his interest in the history of the Salford and Manchester Pals developed after many visits to the battlefields with students and colleagues.

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This ground breaking series of DVDs continues here with the release of Somme, 1st July 1916 - Southern Sector. The DVD covers the events of 1st July in the areas from la Boisselle, Fricourt, Mametz, Carnoy to Montauban. It contains a visual tour of each of the key areas in the southern sector, together with maps, archive film and contemporary stills. Key attacks are introduced and narrated and guidance is given on how to visit the battlefields today. Included is an interactive map, then and now, panoramic views from certain key points of the Battlefield and a contemporary map of the whole front,…

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