The Battle of Arras film

Many of you will have been to a screening of The Battle of the Somme film last year or earlier this year.  Did you know there was also a film made of The Battle of Arras in 1917?  Here’s your chance to see the film.

The Battle of Arras is the last of the three ‘great battle pictures’ produced by British cameramen in the Great War. It has always languished in the shadow of its much better known cousins The Battle of the Somme and The Battle of the Ancre and did not achieve remotely the same commercial success. However, it is a fascinating view of the British Army of 1917, an organisation that was learning from the ordeal of the previous year and at Arras dealt the enemy a blow from which they struggled to recover. This is a rare opportunity to see an important film that has been largely forgotten. The showing will be accompanied by an historical introduction and commentary by Alastair Fraser of Durham University Library, co-author of Ghosts on the Somme: filming the battle

The screening will take place in the Learning Centre at Palace Green Library, Durham at 16.00 on Tuesday 31st October, and is open to all.

The event is free but please register with Alastair Fraser on