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Beaumont Hamel, France (55/65)

This title is a part of the series HistoryLands Season 5 (13)

Catalogue Number:  GEHL55
Producer:  Good Earth Productions
Subject:  Canadian History, History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2002
Running Time:  23:08

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On July 1st, 1916, the men of Newfoundland stormed into battle in a small field outside the village of Beaumont Hamel, northern France. The 801 men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment advanced point blank into the German machine guns. After just 30 minutes of fighting, there were only 68 men left to answer the regimental roll call. Almost every outport, village and town in Newfoundland lost men in the battle. An entire generation wiped out in one day. Today the battle site is one of only two national historic sites outside Canada.

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