"It Was The First Time I Saw Tanks"

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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Jimmy O'Brien recalls seeing tanks for the first time in 1916 at Beaumont Hamel and how seven hundred men were lost in the battle.

  • Title
    The Irish Brigades In The First World War
  • 1st Broadcast
    08/12/1984
  • Contributor
    Kieran Sheedy (Producer)
    Tom McGurk (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:36
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    "It Was The First Time I Saw Tanks"
  • Extended description

    Jimmy O'Brien describes the battle to take the village of Beaumont Hamel which was little more than a pile of bricks. When they went over the top they were followed by a line of tanks. Theses huge cumbersome tanks often ran over the bodies of the dead or injured men who had fallen.

    Jimmy O'Brien went into action with a thousand comrades in a battle that lasted for three days seven hundred of those comrades were killed.

  • Information

    'The Irish Brigades In The First World War' was a two part documentary for radio. The programme examined the participation of the Irish Brigades in the Great War using personal accounts of the battles from surviving members.

    The documentary was produced by Kieran Sheedy and presented by Tom McGurk. The clip used here was taken from part two and broadcast on 8 December 1974.

  • Local keywords
    First World War, World War 1, Great War, Wars, Conflicts, Jimmy O'Brien
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Somme, Beaumont Hamel, France
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1984
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA15864
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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