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About the Show

Historian Peter Barton explores the events leading up to and on the notoriously bloody first day of the offensive. Walking the battlefield, he explains the failures that led to over 20,000 British deaths, and how the Germans skilfully used the landscape of the Somme to maximise enemy casualties. Calling upon research in German archives, Barton shows just how much they knew in advance about Allied plans through captured documents and interrogations of captured British prisoners and deserters, who were persistently 'spilling the beans'. Part 1 of 3.