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Sheffield and the Somme

Dan Snow looks at the impact of the Battle of the Somme on the pals battalion raised in Sheffield and on the city itself.

The return of the archive series tracking the development of the First World War through the recollections of those who were there.

Sheffield and the Somme: Dan Snow looks at the impact of the Battle of the Somme on the Pals battalion raised in Sheffield, and on the city itself, through the recollections of a surviving soldier in the Sheffield City Battalion and two people who were schoolchildren at the time. They recall the lists of dead in the newspapers, the frequent announcements in school assemblies of older brothers who had been killed, and the sight of the many returning wounded on the streets.

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15 minutes