Battle of the Somme

(Above: Daniel Craig in ‘The Trench.’)

The Battle of the Somme, which raged from July to November 1916, is considered one of the bloodiest battles in human history. Combined Allied and Central Powers losses totaled more than 1.5 million men, by some estimates.

As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the November 1918 armistice that ended World War I, Acorn TV today debuts The Trench, a 1999 film that focuses on a platoon of teen-aged British soldiers on the eve of the Somme attack. The story captures both the fear and the boredom that was typical of life in the trenches.

The Trench stars Paul Nicholls and Tam Williams as young volunteers. A pre-Bond Daniel Craig plays a war-hardened sergeant and Julian Rhind-Tutt is an intellectual lieutenant. Fans of British drama will also recognize Cillian Murphy and Ben Wishaw in early supporting roles.

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About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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