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Somme, The (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
Main Cast
Character Actor
Captain Charlie May Ed Stoppard
Sergeant 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. The documentary tells the story of British, French and German soldiers during this battle. The focus is on the struggle for Ovillers and Mametz (Danzig Alley). In 2006 the 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 revolver 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 Mk I - .38 S&W
Webley Mk. VI for reference - .455 Webley
Capt. May readies his Enfield.
He takes cover with his revolver.

Nagant M1895

Lieutenant Alfred Bundy (William Beck) uses a revolver that resembles a Nagant M1895.

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930 - 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 Mk 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 Mk 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.

Persian Mauser 98/29

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

Czech Persian Mauser 98/29 with 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 Carbine

The Berthier Mle 1916 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 MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 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 "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
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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