As one would expect of a production based on the diaries and letters of a handful of participants,this offers an impressionistic account of the experience of the first day of the Battle on a small sector of the Front Line. Given that limitation,and the obvious one of budget,it is fairly effective and often poignant . However there is no strategic perspective which would offer an explanation as to why the Allied leadership opted to launch this campaign ,far less any analysis of what the alternatives may or may not have been .
The tone is simply that " War is Hell" ,which of course , it is and always will be .In it's perspective the film encapsulates the rather dated , "Lions Led by Donkeys " hypothesis ,and ignores the recent work of historians of the Revisionist school which has rendered that viewpoint somewhat passé.
Worth viewing on television once , but I wouldn't purchase the DVD .