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The Somme 1916 - From Both Sides of the Wire

Episode 1: First Day - Erster Tag

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Peter Barton explores the events leading up to the notorious first day of the offensive. He explains the failures that led to over 20,000 British deaths. Show more

The Somme 1916 - From Both Sides of the Wire

Episode 2: Defence in Depth - Verteidigung in der Tiefe

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Historian Peter Barton concentrates on the second phase of the battle, from the middle of July to the middle of September 1916. Show more

The Somme 1916 - From Both Sides of the Wire

Episode 3: End Game - End Spiel

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Peter Barton concludes his history of the battle in the final months of the campaign. He shows how a German tactical revolution frustrated the Allied advance. Show more