97th Somme anniversary

Historians from the South are in France to unveil plans to map a 12 kilometre section of the Somme battlefield. Today marks 97 years since the four-month offensive began in 1916.

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Full report: The Somme anniversary, 97 years on

On this day, in 1916, thousands of soldiers fell during the first day of The Somme, one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War.

Ninety seven years on - and people have been remembering those who died. Also today, two historians from the South began a unique project to learn more about the battlefields. Watch Derek Johnson's report.

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