Digging Up The Trenches (Battle Of The Somme Documentary) – Real Stories

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  1. Iron Will says:

    It's not accurate. Machine guns were used in The African Colonial wars. They used the Maxim to defeat the Mohammad's in British Sudan

  2. Guy Azbell says:

    War is as close to hell you can get, it took courage and balls of steel to do what these young men had to do, that has been all but lost in the last 20-40 years if we had to depend on the pussified youngsters today i dont think we would stand a chance against a enemy who,s youngsters never were pc,ed and know they were born a man without question, they are what we used to be, and we are degenerated and confused and overly sensative requiring feminin hygene products.

  3. Guy Azbell says:

    Why cant the gov declare all this area a national preserve so it can stay undisturbed.

  4. Leunamex2 says:

    Blackadder Season 04 the sad ending :(

  5. 420 Cloud says:

    i love this documentary thank you for the history lesson :)

  6. Guy Azbell says:

    I think they should dig all of it up build a covering and tern it into a ww1 memorial and charge a small fee to walk and see real artifacts therefore it would pay for itself and preserve very valuable history where so many on both sides gave there lives, sad no one can realize this.

  7. davos says:

    not the worst seppo docco out there. but people need to realize that the germans were not an evil empire in ww1. there was no facist government. this war was a long time coming. they were just another area of land fighting for their lives.

  8. Bert Puype says:

    Am i the only one bothered with the fact that the map of Belgium (5:46) is intirely wrong. Belgium already holds Eupen-Malmedy and it holds the southern part of the Dutch province Limburg, which Belgium ceded in 1839.

  9. I like how they added Canadians into the documentary we are usually forgotten in these sort of things like I've talked to lots of people who didn't even know Canada was in ww2

  10. Jackson L says:

    schools in America don't teach about the first word war and it bugs the crap out of me

  11. Epic ! says:

    Fucking campers

  12. Idan R. says:

    I use that sniper plate on battlefield 1 . GG

  13. The title is misleading – its not about the Somme which is mainly chalk country but about Flanders Fields – Ypres – which is mainly clay. Different battle and geology altogether. The Somme was in 1916 and Ypres was in 1917.

  14. This was the first war fought over oil. Chines express.

  15. They gave their today for our tomorrow.

    RIP to every soldier who died, they were all true brave heroes.

  16. RckinRoll says:

    I'm reading the recently released book "Somme-Into the Breach" by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore….so far I'm very impressed by it..it covers in grim detail the experiences of the troops involved on both sides of this horrific battle.

  17. No amount of time and money is wasted upon this unfortunate brave souls on either side of this horrific war!Thank you for re-creating and establishing a much needed accord!

  18. The new frostbite engine looks awesome…

  19. Monsters everyone. Leave the dead alone.

  20. The first gas used during the First World War wasn't mustard gas but chlorine and it was used in 1915. Mustard gas was eventually used by the German in July 1917 prior to the third battle of Ypres

  21. chalsfo says:

    At real person – A skeloton..

    Ironic that a unborn does not have the same glory..

  22. Lol this guy can't say Ypres for shit haha

  23. Kevin Hadley says:

    Brilliant thanks for uploading

  24. SkivMarine says:

    Since this first aired, all WWI survivors have passed on. There are none left.
    I hope we never forget them.

  25. vin russo says:

    1. “I fought in campaigns against the Russian Army, the Serbian Army, the Roumanian Army, the British Army, the French Army, and the American Army. All told in this war I have participated in more than 80 battles. I have found your American Army the most honorable of all our enemies. You have also been the bravest of our enemies and in fact the only ones who have attacked us seriously in this year’s battles. I therefore honor you, and, now that the war is over, I stand ready, for my part, to accept you as a friend.”

    —Chief of Staff for General v. Einem, commander of the Third German Army YOU WANT TO HEAR MORE?

  26. vin russo says:

    2. “Americans are good fighters with nerve and recklessness.”

    —Arunlf Oster, Lieut. of Reserve

    3. “The prevailing opinion in Germany before our entry into war, was, that American was a money hunting nation, too engrossed in the hunt of the dollar to produce a strong military force. But since our troops have been in action the opinion has changed, and he says that though Germany is at present a defeated nation, he believes that they would be victors in a war with any nation in the world with the exemption of the United States.”

    —Karl Finkl of Bolingen

  27. vin russo says:

    4. “There were only a handful of Americans there but they fought like wildmen."

    —Antone Fuhrmann of Mayschoss

  28. vin russo says:

    5. “[I] had been told by other soldiers that the American infantryman was reckless to the point of foolishness."

    —Peter Bertram, shopkeeper of Dernau

  29. vin russo says:


    9. “Prisoners of war under American jurisdiction continue to send home glowing reports of good treatment. It is clearly deducible that they are more satisfied with their present condition, than they would be at home”

    —Postal Censorship, April 12, 1919

  30. vin russo says:

    7. “The Americans were what might be called bad prisoners. A group of 14 were brought in one day and when asked about their units refused to talk. They refused to work and talked back to the officers, much to the annoyance of the officers and the concealed delight of the men.”

  31. Although i loved this and respect the fact that they are giving the guys a proper burial that they found but that guy was smiling and smirking the whole way thru. Its not amusing

  32. excuse me but I think it's dumb how the Elias would attack not German. when German were the one who wanted the land. Elias should of protect not attack.

  33. york c says:

    and now europe has been invaded by hoards from the third world

  34. Daniel says:

    Entire towns and streets of young men wiped out in the matter of days or even hours. An entire generation of men that could have changed the world for the better destroyed and never to be seen or heard from again except through stories. Hauntingly sad this is what we do to each other.

  35. Another horrific example of how the colonial 'empires' around the world treated their unwilling subjects. 'English officers were furious that the African soldiers were retreating…' Well, this says a lot about the 'humanity', 'sacrifices' and 'peace loving' allied forces. A war that was forced on asian and african countries for no mistake of theirs and against their will. What right do the allied forces or Germans have to call it a world war??!! Were the colonised countries morally party to this horrific tragedy?? Did they willingly sacrifice their lives or were they forced to??

    I wonder how the English or French would have fared without their loots from colonies.

    And at the end, you call the 1st and the second world war the victory of the 'allies' or in other ironic reference – 'righteous'?? For the colonised countries, there is no difference between the Hitlers and the Churchills.

  36. The war were between the most uncivilised countries of those times.

  37. It sucks that humanity throws away historical sites that people fought at, they should keep the trenches there and not build over them. Or at least build some kind of memorial there. (This is my opinion.)

  38. if you were on the Frontline you were not expected to survive

  39. Kyle Veley says:

    "an exit wound the size of a dinner plate" …right. Lead shot does not actually expand as much as people think.

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