July 1st 1916: Why the Plan Failed
10min Documentary, 2016
One in five British soldiers was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, but the first casualty was the plan.
A short documentary to accompany Robert Gilson: Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, that looks in greater depth at the first day of the Battle of the Somme and why the military plan failed.
Quantifying the true impact of the Somme campaign and whether it helped end the war can be difficult, but even harder is justifying the cost and sacrifice required of those men and that generation 100 years ago.
Written, Directed & Produced by:
Elliot Weaver & Zander Weaver
Interviews: Paul Golightly
Imperial War Museum
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