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1 July 1916 - one of the most infamous days in British history. On the eve of the Battle of the Somme cinematographer Geoffrey Malins visited the front lines near Beaumont-Hamel to film footage of the troops as they prepared for the supposed, decisive offensive. He went on to film some of the most iconic footage of the battle: the 1st Batallion of Lancashire Fusiliers waiting in the Sunken Lane for the order to attack and the detonation of Hawthorn Ridge. This short drama follows in the footsteps of Malins that fateful morning in 1916 and the disaster that ensued for the Lancashire Fusiliers.

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