How I Filmed The War

In anticipation of of film 'Beaumont-Hamel', historian Andy Robertshaw examines some of the original footage from the film 'The Battle Of The Somme' and reveals some fascinating secrets hiding in plain sight.

For a week leading up to 1st July, cinematographers Geoffrey Malins and John  McDowell began filming preparations of what was assumed to be an ultimately successful battle. On the morning of the 1st July, McDowell was in the south of the Somme front and Malins in the north.

He had positioned himself between the villages of Auchonvillers and Beaumont and spent the morning filming the final preparations of the attack, the men as they waited, and the attack itself.

Ross Barnwell