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Somme – From Defeat to Victory, The

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The Somme – From Defeat to Victory
Movie Poster
Country GER.jpg Germany

UKD.jpg United Kingdom

Directed by Detlef Siebert
Release Date July 2, 2006
Language English
German (Swabian)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Fiddes Iain McKee
Mellor Chris Hannon
Sharples Peter Barich
General von Soden Rüdiger Kuhlbrodt
Friedrich Hinkel Steffan Boje
General Hans von Plessen Wolf Kahler
Stammler (Stammerer) John Shortell

The Somme – From Defeat to Victory is a 2006 British-German produced BBC Documentary about the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and was broadcast for the 90th anniversary of the battle. The docudrama focuses on the struggle of the small village Thiepval between 36th (Ulster) Division and the German 26th (Württembergische) Reserve-Division. The 2005 Channel Four Documentary discribes the struggle for the southern villages of Ovillers and Mametz.

The following weapons were used in the Documentary The Somme – From Defeat to Victory:


Webley Mk. V

A Webley Mk V is briefly seen wield by a British officer.

Webley Mk. V - .455 Webley
An officer holds while waiting to attack.

Webley Mk. VI

Various British officers are armed with Webley Mk VI Revolvers.

Webley Mk. VI - .455 Webley
An officer advances in No Man's Land with his Webley.


Mauser Gewehr 1898

The Mauser Gewehr 1898 is used by German soldiers including Corporal Hinkel (Steffan Boje) and the Stammler (John Shortell).

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Corporal Hinkel fires his rifle.
A German soldier reloads his Gewehr.
Stammler aims his Mauser.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

British soldiers use Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles with their Pattern 1907 sword bayonets. One of these SMLEs is equipped with a Winchester A5 telescopic sight.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British. This was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during the First World War.
British soldiers going over the top with their SMLEs.
Several rifles in the background lying on the ground.
A British soldier aims his rifle.
Two soldiers fire their rifles in a German Trench.
The rifle rests on the legs of the soldier in the center.
Closer view of the side-mounted telescopic sight.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG 08

The Maxim MG08 is fired by German solders during the first day of the offensive.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Somme mg08 1.jpg

Maxim MG 08/15

The German soldiers defending the village with Maxim 08/15 machine guns. German soldiers ineffectively shoot on a Mark IV tank.

Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier fires the Maxim.
A full view of the Maxim.

Lewis Gun

A Lewis Gun is briefly seen as Captain Tweed's (Mike Rogers) men go over the top.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
The soldier in the background holds the lmG.

Hotchkiss M1909 Mk. I

The Hotchkiss Mk.I is seen in the Mark IV.

Hotchkiss Mk.I - .303 British
The barrel is visible.

Hand Grenades

Mills Bomb

British soldiers use Mills Bombs.

No. 36M Mk.I "Mills Bomb" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade.
Dave holds two grenades.


Mark IV Tank

The tank stucks in the mud.

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