• 0%
    0 votes
  • Rate this season
    What did you think?
  • 1
  • 16
  • 2009-06-15T00:00:00-04:00 on Channel 5
  • 45 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins
  • Documentary

At the end of the Great War, nearly two million soldiers were missing, presumed dead. Almost 90 years later, the bloody battlegrounds of France and Belgium are surrendering their secrets. A team of archaeologists, historians and forensic experts is working to identify unknown soldiers and finally lay them to rest.

The Trench Detectives is a documentary series that follows the work of this team as it moves through time and across the battlefields of France and Belgium, releasing the fallen and their stories of courage and sacrifice from the mud of the First World War battles in which they fought and died. Each episode focuses on an archaeological dig at the site of a single significant battle of the Great War. Objects and evidence found there are traced back, through painstaking detective work, to a soldier or soldiers whose personal story can then be told.

8 episodes

2x01 Man and Horse

  • Season Premiere

    2009-06-15T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

In the First World War, men on horseback with swords fight against an emerging modern weapon, the machine gun. In Northern France, on the site of a cavalry charge into the face of relentless machine gun fire, the Trench Detectives discover evidence of a desperate act of bravery that stopped the German advance in the Spring of 1918, but decimated the ranks of a Canadian cavalry unit. It was the last great cavalry charge of the First World War, and it was made by Canadian soldiers.

2x02 Codename Tank

  • 2009-06-16T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

In the second episode, the Trench Detectives discover the shattered remnants of a tank in French woodlands and try to trace its identity.

2x03 The Wedding Rings

  • 2009-06-22T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

In the third episode, experts hope that a pair of matching wedding rings, found on an unknown soldier that fell on the Western Front in 1915, will help them identify the body.

2x04 Barnardo Boy

  • 2009-06-23T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

In this episode, the team trace the history of a Canadian orphan.

2x05 A Silent Witness

  • 2009-06-29T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

The Trench Detectives dig into the past of a picturesque French hunting lodge, which was a silent witness to the war, to reveal its troubled history.

2x06 A Secret Trench And Mystery Officer

  • 2009-06-30T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

In this episode, the Trench Detectives attempt to discover what happened to a signaller who was stationed near a village in Belgium.

2x07 Buried Alive

  • 2009-07-06T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

The Trench Detectives uncover the story of a civilian gravedigger serving on the Western Front, whose greatest fear was being buried alive.

2x08 Highland Warrior

  • 2009-07-07T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

The Trench Detectives try to identify the remains of an Argyll and Sutherland Highlander, who fell in September 1915 during the first massive Allied attack on the German positions at Loos, Belgium.