Author(s): Emden Richard Van
A BBC documentary series, to be shown in autumn 2001, aims to recreate everyday life for soldiers in World War I. A group of volunteers has been recruited from the streets of Hull, exactly as the Hull Pals - the 10th battalion of the East Yorks Regiment - were recruited 85 years ago. They face life in a specially reconstructed trench in northern France under as many privations as can realistically be recreated according to the testimony of surviving World War I veterans and the official Regimental War Diary. The series has the official stamp of the Army, the Imperial War Museum and the British Legion.