Brothers In Arms - The Pals Army of WW1 (DVD)
The epic story of the young men who joined up together, fought together and died together in World War One.
Illustrated by a wealth of archive footage, the programme draws on a unique collection of filmed interviews with veterans in their 90s and 100s who vividly remember how they volunteered with their friends in the first days of war in response to Lord Kitchern’s request “Your Country Needs You!”, and joined the Pals Battalions.
These veterans relive the heroism and heartbreak of the Pals as they fought alongside each other on the Western Front. This documentary brings to life the stories of life in the trenches through rare archive footage and interviews with veterans who fought at the Somme, facing the German artillery, mustard gas and trench foot in horrendous conditions.
The men endured weeks of heavy bombardment, and red hot shrapnel proved to be the biggest killer of all, as Dick Trafford recalls: “One of the chaps shouted, ‘Dick, will you come over here, give me a cigarette.’ I went over and half of his shoulder was missing. He couldn’t get to his cigarettes. So I got into his pocket and got the packet of cigarettes and lit him one. But he hadn’t two puffs on it when he conked out. He died there and then.”
This is a story of camaraderie told by the young men who risked all and joined up to fight alongside their friends.
On the centenary of the war to end all wars, this is a fitting tribute to a generation of young men distinguished by their sense of patriotism, duty, friendship, loyalty and courage.
Release Date‚ 5th Nov 2018
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