DVD Review – Walking the Western Front, Somme Part 3, Tank Battles and the Final Phase, September-November 1916

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The growing list of Pen & Sword DVDs has been made up with lists from leading production companies. An important part of the list has been provided in the form of German WWII field cameramen shot footage used for propaganda and weekly domestic cinema news. Equally important but very different has been a selection of fine documentary-style videos and this video is from the Battleground series with Ed Skeling and Nigel Cave presenting the story of the Somme campaign of September to November 1916. This is an absorbing presentation that does not attempt to inject false excitement, depending on the excitement of real events ably told.

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NAME: Walking the Western Front, Somme Part 3, Tank Battles and the Final Phase, September-November 1916
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: D0187
DATE: 040315
PRESENTER(S): Ed Skelding, Nigel Cave
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 100 minutes
PLAYERS: Linux Workstation, Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
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PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, World War One, First World War, Great War, 1914-1918, battles, tank battles, 1916
ISBN: 0-24762-025-4
IMAGE: D0187
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DESCRIPTION: The growing list of Pen & Sword DVDs has been made up with lists from leading production companies. An important part of the list has been provided in the form of German WWII field cameramen shot footage used for propaganda and weekly domestic cinema news. Equally important but very different has been a selection of fine documentary-style videos and this video is from the Battleground series with Ed Skeling and Nigel Cave presenting the story of the Somme campaign of September to November 1916. This is an absorbing presentation that does not attempt to inject false excitement, depending on the excitement of real events ably told.

As with the outstanding BHTV DVD series, also published by Pen & Sword, Skelding and Cave have adopted the discussion style, between ex-soldiers/battlefield guides and leading historians, that works extremely well. Unlike the BHTV series, there has been no use of enactment groups which add colour to the BHTV presentations, but the use of two presenters, who know their subject inside out, is an equally valid style.

Following on from the success of the two films on Ypres (Slaughter of the Innocents and The Immortal Salient) The Walking the Western Front series turns its attention to the infamous Battle of the Somme, where almost 60,000 British men were either killed, wounded or classed as missing on the first day alone.

Spread across three seventy-minute DVDs, acclaimed film-maker Ed Skelding and eminent military historian Nigel Cave take us on a tour of the Somme battlefields as they exist today and explain the Battle of the Somme in its entirety, from the opening day offensive where thousands of troops lost their lives against a determined German defence to the abandonment of the operation on 18 November with the final failed Battle of the Ancre.

Relying on their combined knowledge of the battlefields, Ed and Nigel revisit famous places relating to the battle including: Delville Wood, High Wood, Fricourt, Mametz, Guillemont and many more to explain the history behind each offensive, as well as the successes and failures of the Allied armies. The pair also visit a selection of war graves, including the Thiepval Memorial to give the viewer an insight into the scale of loss that the allies suffered during the conflict. Accompanied by a selection of original photographs from the period and exclusive money off vouchers for related books from the Pen and Sword catalogue, these DVDs are the perfect companion for fans of the Battleground series and students of the Great War alike.

A companion book on the Somme will be released by Ed Skelding in late 2013, showing the battle through the eyes of a film-maker and will present original black and white photographs of the battlefield and present day pictures to show how the battlefields have changed over the years.

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