The Somme Departmental Council has placed great importance upon involving the younger generations in the commemorations of the Battle of the Somme and teaching them about their own local history during the Great War.
Crédit photo Philippe Sergeant - Cd80
Every year since the beginning of the centenary commemorations in 2014, a booklet about the WW1 history of the Somme has been given to all year 10 students in the Somme. This year, to mark the commemorations of the Battle of the Somme, the booklet was accompanied by a DVD of a documentary entitled “Somme 1916, la Bataille Insensée” by Jean-François Delassus.
Somme 1916, la Bataille Insensée
This documentary, which was made with the support of the Somme Council, was broadcast on France 3 in July 2016. The 52 minute long programme looks back on the history of the Battle of the Somme, from 1st July to 18 November 1916, using authentic and reconstructed archive images.
The Somme in the First World War Educational Booklet
This booklet was created by the Somme Departmental Council with the help of historians, teachers and professors. The themes included in its content include the tensions, the breakout of war, fighting and civilian life in the Somme, from the front lines to the rear.
Please click here for more information about the booklet and to read the online version in English.