Narrated by Michael Sheen, World War One historian Peter Barton and biographer Max Egremont describe Siegfried Sassoon’s involvement in a failed assault on the German lines in May 1916. On returning to British trenches Sassoon realised his corporal was in difficulties and returned to no-man’s land to rescue him. For this act of bravery he was subsequently awarded the Military Cross and became regarded as a war hero although from this point he began to be more critical of the conflict.

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Useful as a source of evidence about the lives of soldiers in World War One. Students could discuss what this tells us about fighting on the Western Front? Is this a reliable source?