I am a French novelist who writes historical novels, specializing in the XXth century. During my research for my next book, I ordered this film. The First World War was essential in shaping the past century. This is without doubt a sobering, moving, and historically important work. It was seen at the time by over 80% of the British adult population. It gave an idea of the atmosphere of the trenches and the courage of the soldiers. Nowadays, we can use "The battle of the Somme" as a means of better understanding the mood of those years. One musn't forget that it was to be a positive, uplifting film. There is a hint of propaganda, of course. But we can now "read between the pictures", thanks to the many historians who have underlined the political, military and psychological aspects of the Great War. May I also just stress here the excellent work done by the Imperial War Museum. For all those interested in the First World War, the French museum l'Historial de la Grande Guerre, in Péronne, is also a must.