Narrated by Michael Sheen and with passing reference to Wilfred Owen and W N Hodgson, historians Peter Barton and Nigel Steel explore the cultural significance of the battle of the Somme. Animation, photographs and footage of the battlefield sites today illustrate their conclusions that the Somme changed the way British people understood the war and that the number of literary and poetic responses to the battle meant it assumed a lasting cultural significance. Professor Jon Stallworthy concludes that although the weight of writing to come from the Somme does lead to an unbalanced picture of World War One as a whole it has also meant that it has cemented that picture of the war in the national memory.
A useful way to get students to think about how to sum up ideas and draw together a conclusion particularly if studying World War One poetry. Students could list the main conclusion drawn by the three contributors and organise these into a paragraph.