History.com: 1916 Battle of Somme
It was in the summer of 1916 that WWI was at the peak of its toil along the Western Front. With the English and French troops buried deep in trenches, determination to put an end to the bloody battle arose and a plan was masterminded to overrun the Germans over the Somme River. Under the command of Sir Douglas Haig, one of the most controversial war generals, the British were to take the lead in wiping out German forces by means of artillery bombardment then cross the desolate no man’s land to what would be assumed to be a devastated German opposition. However, what actually happened turned out to be quite different... This short documentary by History.com tells a vivid story with original footage of the soldiers at the time. Prepare to be amazed. We at Cockpit USA were.