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Digging Up the Trenches

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#1 Franchi 12

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:39 pm

Digging Up the Trenches

History, War Documentary hosted by John Woodlock and published in 2006 - English narration

Digging up the Trenches is a special that reveals each stage of trench warfare by focusing on the remarkable finds made by this unique excavation. As each rifle and artifact is unearthed, dramatic re-enactments show how these tools and weapons were used by soldiers 90 years ago. We see how men fired sniper rifles, reeled from artillery, and destroyed enemy machine gun nests. The result is a glimpse into how trenches helped define the progress of the entire war, starting as shallow rifle pits, and evolving to become vast underground fortresses housing thousands of men.

Among the astounding discoveries found by the dig are the bones of four soldiers, believed to have died in the war's first gas attack. The archaeologists also find scores of bullets, live shells, underground shelters, and the scars left by mining tunnels.

Historians and archaeologists at the dig are our guides. As each mud-coated artifact is cleaned off, historians like Peter Barton explain how it was used on this very spot 90 years ago. Archaeologists explain trench warfare tactics as they discover bones and rifles. Dramatic re-enactments show how these same artifacts were once the key to life and death struggles in these same trenches.

Digging up the Trenches tells the remarkable story of a dig and a war defined by trenches. Trenches that were built as shelter against machine guns became so sophisticated that they were almost impossible to conquer. Understand the birth and death of these trenches, and you understand the war.

part 1 (of 9) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyEHpT_qlj4

Part 2 to 9 posted on my YouTube-page

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 06:19 pm

I have the complete programme on DVD, if anyone would like a copy Email me with you name and address to johnareed60@hotmail.com


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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:26 pm

Thanks very much for the alert.. We don't get too many WWI docs in America and I enjoy seeing them online.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 01:13 pm

Thanks John will e-mail you about this.

#5 Mr Wig

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 01:52 am

I have the complete programme on DVD, if anyone would like a copy Email me with you name and address to johnareed60@hotmail.com


John, I'll drop you an email, cheers

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:04 pm

Hi and sorry to bother you, I spotted this post its very old I know but by any chance do you still have a copy of this programme