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Pipers of The Trenches

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Genre: Factual
Production Year: 2013

Broadcaster: BBC 2
Producer: BBC

For centuries, soldiers from Scotland, Australia, Canada and Ireland have advanced and attacked to the tune of bagpipes. As the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One approaches, this film looks back at the stories of the pipers who fought at the Somme and Gallipoli. Descendants of these unusual and elite service men visit the battlefields where their ancestors, unarmed, piped their comrades over the top and where wounded pipers played on despite sustaining horrific injuries or were killed in action. With gripping testimony from serving soldiers, the BBC uncovers how the tune of bagpipes punctuates the remorseless soundtrack of battle, rousing the troops every hour of the day, and why their centuries-old tunes, remembering ancient battles, still have relevance today.

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