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The Somme (2005)

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The Somme
Movie Poster
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Carl Hindmarch
Release Date November 15, 2005
Language English
Studio Channel 4 Television Corporation
Darlow Smithson Productions
National Geographic Channel
Distributor Channel 4 Television Corporation
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Charlie May Ed Stoppard
Sgt. Richard H Tawney Patrick Kennedy
Franz Cassel Robert Cambrinus
Eversmann Ralf Rueller
General Rawlinson Ewan Stewart
Barberon Jean-David Beroard
German Gunner Adam Ganne

The Somme is a 2005 British-produced documentary for Channel Four about the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and tells the story of British, French, and German soldiers during this battle. The focus is on the struggle for Ovillers and Mametz (Danzig Alley).

The 2006 BBC documentary The Somme – From Defeat to Victory describes the struggle of the northern village Thiepval.

The following weapons were used in the film The Somme:


Enfield No. 2

The Enfield No. 2 is anachronistically used by some British officers including Capt. Charlie May (Ed Stoppard), must likely standing in for the time period correct Webley Mk VI.

Enfield No. 2 Mark I - .38 S&W
Webley Mark VI - .455 Webley; for reference
Capt. May readies his Enfield.
He takes cover with his revolver.

Nagant M1895

Lieutenant Alfred Bundy (William Beck) uses a revolver that appears to be a Russian Nagant M1895.

Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38N
Lieutenant Bundy walks with his revolver through No Man's Land.
He's pinned down on a crater.


Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*

Some British soldiers use Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* rifles. Pvt. Cyril Jose (Oliver Jones) is seen with one during basic training. Sergeant Tawney (Patrick Kennedy) is seen also with an Mk III* as he marches to the front. The SMLE rifles are fitted with P07 sword and Persian Mauser bayonets.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* - .303 British
Pvt. Jose stabs his bayonet into a sandbag during the drill. The bayonet's blade fits a correct P07.
Full view of his rifle.
British soldiers march with No. I Mk III*.
An Mk III* with fixed Persian bayonet.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I

British soldiers carry anachronistic Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I rifles with adapters to install Pattern 1907 sword and Mauser bayonets. The No. 4 Mk. I usually used a spike bayonet.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mark I - .303 British
Close up of the adapter of a No. 4 Mk. I.
Sergeant Richard H. Tawney (Patrick Kennedy) advances with an SMLE through No Man's Land.
He chambers a round...
...and takes aim.
Capt. May's men fire their rifles.
Pvt. Burke (Nick Figgis) aims his rifle.
Front view of the scene.
He holds the No. 4 Mk. I.

Mauser Puška vz. 98/29

German soldiers use anachronistic VZ-98/29 Persian Mausers standing in for correct Gewehr 98s.

Mauser Puška vz. 98/29 with vz. 23 bayonet - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldier Eversmann (Ralf Rueller) with his Mauser in the shelter.
Cassel's men in the background fire their Mauser rifles.
Eversmann aims his Mauser.
He works the bolt.

Berthier Mle. 1916 Carabine

The Berthier Model 1916 Carabine is used by French soldiers including Fraisse (David Bertrand) and Barberon (Jean-David Beroard).

Berthier Model 1916 Carabine - 8x50mm R
French soldiers fire their Berthiers.

Machine Guns

Lewis Gun

A Lewis Gun is carried by a British soldier.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
The gunner is seen in the backrground.
The gunner marches with the Lewis.

Maxim MG 08

The Maxim MG08 is fired by German soldiers including Franz Cassel's (Robert Cambrinus) men.

Maxim MG 08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German gets the Maxim in position.
Close up of the trigger.
The German Gunner (Adam Ganne) aims the Maxim.
Rear view.
The Maxim being fired.


Model 24 Stielhandgranate

German soldiers can briefly be seen with stick grenades. They seem to be anachronistic Model 24 Stielhandgranate instead of accurate Model 15 or Model 16.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
A German soldier behind Cassel throws a Stick grenade.
A grenade next to him. Note there is no star-shaped plate screw cap like the Model 16.

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