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Published on Jan 3, 2008
Two companies and a Stokes Mortar team from 1st Battalion, the Lancashire Fusiliers form up for the assault in a sunken lane opposite Hawthorn Ridge during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Twenty minutes after this film was shot they attacked under heavy machine gun fire and only 50 of them reached the low bank beyond the lane: filmed by the British War Office during the Battle of the Somme.