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Uploaded on Feb 21, 2009
07:20 July 1st 1916. The expolsion of the Hawthorn ridge mine signalled the begining of the most tragic day in the history of the British Army. The battle of the Somme. Just behind the village of Beaumont Hamel lies hawthorn ridge. Today it is virtually unchanged and the exact position this film was shot from is very easy to locate. Sadly the attack began at 07:30 and exploding the mine at 07:20 allowed the Germans to regroup. Like the boys in the sunken lane they were cut to pieces and the cemeteries which bear witness to this massacre are scattered all around the ridge and fields. Even today shells and bullet casings are found everywhere, especially after the spring ploughing.