The Somme - A Storm of Steel is a companion historical documentary that accompanies Chapter 8:Trenches of Hell in The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. It appears on Disc 1 of Volume 2. It has a run-time of 26 minutes, 48 seconds.
Begun in July of 1916, the devastating Battle of the Somme was a turning point in warfare, demarking the modern combat arena in horrific carnage. Unseasoned and poorly trained British soldiers vastly overestimated the tenacity of German forces. Despite a solid week of bombardment where over a million artillery shells rained down upon German fortifications, they stood ready for the British advance. More British soldiers died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme than any other day in the history of British warfare. As the battle slogged on, troops effectively fought within an open graveyard, as there was no time to bury the multitude of the dead. As attrition wound down the 141-day conflict, almost 420,000 British soldiers lay dead, along with 200,000 French, and nearly half-a-million Germans, and all for a questionable purpose.
Produced and Written by Adam Sternberg.