British troops attack German trenches during the Battle of the Somme in France, World War I
France Date:1916, July 1 Duration:5 min 29 sec Sound:NO SOUND
British soldiers during the Battle of Somme, World War I in France. German trenches bombarded on 1st July, 1916. Smoke rises. Soldiers of British Lancashire Fusiliers await instructions. Large group of British soldiers gathered and close-up views of the British soldiers, uniforms, and equipment being readied. Soldiers fix bayonets to their rifles and pass through communication trench to the first line. A huge mine blows up German trenches; view just after the explosion occurs (the Hawthorn Ridge Redoubt mine explosion). Royal Engineers arrive. A soldier looks through binoculars from behind sand mounds. British soldiers set up machine gun at the top of a trench parapet. Men at machine gun. Shrapnel bursts over German trench. British troops "go over the top" and launch an attack on German trenches under heavy enemy fire. Explosions occur but British soldiers continue to advance.
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