With Heart and Hand Interview: German Captain

With Heart and Hand Interview: German Captain

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1914-18 (of events)


12min 58sec




black and white


Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)


Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, UTV Archive

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This interview with a German Captain has been edited from a series of interview rushes conducted for With Heart and Hand: Battle of the Somme, a programme commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The interviewee paints an eloquent and visceral picture of the devastation of warfare, describing the changes to villages and landscape as the war rumbled on, month after month. He speaks of the gallantry of British soldiers and describes an episode of paradoxical camaraderie between the opposing troops, who applauded an opera singer before resuming fire moments later. On of the most striking aspects of this testimony is that it highlights the duration of the Battle of the Somme, as each side suffered appalling losses from July until late November 1916.


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