"It Would Be Very Hard To Describe The Somme"

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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Emmet Dalton talks about his experiences at the Battle of the Somme.

  • Title
    Emmet Dalton Recalls The Somme
  • 1st Broadcast
    01/03/1976
  • Contributor
    Cathal O'Shannon (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:13
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    The Way We Were
  • Clip title
    "It Would Be Very Hard To Describe The Somme"
  • Extended description

    Emmet Dalton, who won a military cross at the Battle of the Somme, tells Cathal O'Shannon about his experience, the use of creeping barrages to advance and the loss of over eight hundred men in a twenty four hour period.

    "It would be very hard to describe the Somme I don't know that there has ever been a battle like it. I mean you had two armies in static positions. The movement of either of them would be about two hundred yards, the difference between the two basic front lines."

  • Information

    'The Way We Were' was an eight part series looking at the events which shaped the 20th century history of Ireland. The programmes included interviews with individuals who were associated with the events discussed. The series was produced by Niall McCarthy and presented by Cathal O'Shannon.

    The extract shown here is taken from episode two in the series other guests in this programme were, Monk Gibbon and Roddy Connolly. 

  • Local keywords
    First World War, World War 1, Great War, War, Conflicts, Somme, Emmet Dalton, Cathal O'Shannon
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1976
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    96D01245
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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