Video: The Battle of the Somme in two minutes

Friday, July 1 marks 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest battle in British military history.

As commemorations and vigils take place across the UK and the rest of the world to remember those who gave their lives during the 141 days of the battle, this video from the MoD gives a glimpse into one of the most defining conflicts of the First World War.

Soldiers wait to go over the top at the Battle of the Somme

Soldiers wait to go over the top at the Battle of the Somme