Forensic Lip-Reader Recovers the Words of Those Who Fought at The Somme

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Clifton Hicks : "Fix them [bayonets]... and then we'll go..." "Sarge! He needs carrying!" These made me weep. If you've been on a battlefield yourself, it's almost unbearable to watch this. That woman is a shaman.

I. M. : They just wanted to stay alive. War is beyond terrible.

Old Man from Scene Twenty Four : I hope she was able to give voices to those long gone for more than 3 minutes worth. Does anyone know of this effort? Has any information been made for public archives?

Forever And Ever : RIP to all of you heroes. We will remember them.

psygn0sis : I was born partially deaf and I've been reading lips my whole life. I can "hear" what a person says from across a busy and noisy room, no problem. The funny part is when tv shows bleep out names, addresses, swearing, and I can decipher it perfectly.

Ig-nat-ius : Only a third of English is actually distinguishable by lipreading. When people read more it is based on context clues, body language, facial expression and so on. Accents also change how lipreading works.

David Cleaves : Fix bayonets and then we'll go....something you never want to hear.

Adventures & Survival in Thailand : Amazing. Every time she interpreted the speech, I could see it as plain as day. Thats why she said at the end, "can you see it?" Yes lol

Scott Laux : These poor young lads whose lives were squandered in a horrible war that solved nothing and destroyed so much of western civilization. RIP

javier guzman : This woman is amazing. She brought back these soldiers back from anonimity... I got emotional and these are not my relatives at all. I can only imagine if I knew one of these to be my great Grandfather or great Uncle...

Sim UK : She is incredible. It's frustrating each time he speaks and at times changes the video when she is not looking at his face...she cannot hear you. I could see her having to catch up each time he did this. Overall incredible.

hybridamerica : I wish this video lasted for hours.

cotsi : Mad i just saw my great uncle lawrence crawley royal dublin fusiliers 10th brigade acting sergeant

Tiger In the Desert : This made me emotional. The "Jesus" part, and the "Sarge he needs carrying". Frightening to imagine what it would've been really like.

jmac : It is amazing what this woman can do. I could never have deciphered what these men were saying, but once she was able to supply the words, I could see she was right. Amazing.

Voracious Reader : I love reading comments from people who trash this woman’s ability after watching a 5 minute video. The net has made experts of everyone....suddenly, people who know nothing about the deaf, or lip reading, or even the military history of that war, can be experts, after 5 whole minutes! Simply because they can write anything they want and not be held accountable for it. Most of what they write they would NEVER say in public, for fear of being corrected or scoffed at. Reading comments on YouTube is like observing the bilge created by gross ignorance, narrow mindedness, intolerance, hatred, fear, shame...everything that is worst in human nature....flowing past and around me. It’s difficult to keep the disgusting mess from polluting your soul. Unreal.

Matt Pannell : WW1. The greatest travesty of all time. The leaders of both sides were War Criminals. Those that were injured were just patched up and sent back again. Statistics show that those enlisted in 1914 never got to 1915. You would survive if you had a serious injury, but that meant losing a limb or two. You really were screwed. There are some soldiers who joined at the beginning and died on the last day. Doing tours and getting relieved only started in WW2. Can you imagine the psychological affect that would have on the strongest type, let alone your average man. Unbelievable.

diane9247 : What a great skill she has, it was fascinating to watch her concentrate! I just found it very moving, to find out what they were saying. Thanks and admiration to the lipreader!

Cheady Cheady : The British political traitors have betrayed these white working class heroes even after their death as white working class is no longer useful in Britain and they intend to replace them with the 3rd world (cheap workforce) the political traitors will do anything for their Saudi Arabian masters in return for money and power! Wake up people they have even managed to turn the indigenous working class on itself in order to appease Arabian culture a revolution is coming to a city near you soon ✊🏻get involved or the future of Britain is a dictatorship! ✌🏼🇬🇧✌🏼 These guy in the video died for us to have a better peaceful world but the traitors will not allow it! ✌🏼🇬🇧✌🏼

ClassicVideos80s : Peter Jackson has digitised this footage and added voices to them in his new film.

CJN : This woman is an expert in her field and her talent is amazing. What is more amazing is all the hidden experts that are here on YouTube.

Lewis 970 : We've gone from people with integrity and courage to a hundred years later people wearing vagina hats and crawling into safe spaces when they're upset by a mean tweet.

Sea Fern : I've got a Lancashire accent and I laughed when she said the soldier was uneducated in his speech! We actually do make very blunt sounds with this accent and it does sound very basic! My dad who was born in 1925 had an extremely blunt accent like the soldier. Wow, this lady is impressive. I really enjoyed this video!! 👍

ShintyShinto : Good grief. This is the most interesting video I've watched in a long, long time.

Ed Rooney : I saw one of them mouthing the words "You know this war is funded by the international bankers from both sides and this is really just a cull"

Joe Peroni : My grandfather was in the military in WW1, although he was just 15 years old at its outbreak. My father was in the army throughout WW2, & sustained shrapnel wounds to his back. His 18-year-old brother was KILLED in the war. I've no doubt he was traumatised by the war. I used to say to him (in the pub, mostly) "You & your brother should've told them where to stick their war. You shouldn't have gone. The bastards might have put you in prison, but at least you would have known your conscience was clear & that you weren't a 'criminal.' " The "official" figure of WW1 dead is 800,000. I'm sure as shit it's a lot higher than this. WW1, it's said, was a "competition" been Europe's "aristocracies", the arrogant, elitist scumbags. BRITAIN, with its odious social class system, grabbed this opportunity to "cull" the so-called working "class". They didn't want too many of them, so they sent them to be slaughtered. It pisses me off that the Brits still have their obscene, anachronistic MONARCHY. Top, as these are, of the odious English social class "pyramid". The Russians knew how to deal with THEIR monarchy. The BRITS, on the other hand, just wet their pants with delight at the mere mention of these parasites.

Gusset Thumper : Pay attention to all the experts in the comment section if you want some solid facts.

Russ Harig : Incredibly stirring. I want more. I just realized,while reading the comments, is she deaf? Edit: okay I just watched again, I'm so thick. I totally did not catch that.

kev3d : "He's not got the speech of a highly educated person." "Well, he's a Lancashire man." Wow, big slam against Lancashire.

Stu Pidasso : Interesting that she has been deaf since childhood yet still retains an accent

John Sargeant : i got goosebumps when he said that all these men were long dead, and yet we are hearing them speak. what an amazing gift she has- but what a sad time in history to bring back to life.....

Gort Newton : Astounding! Millions died in that war for nothing. That is so sad. Good men on all sides fighting for someone elses political motives. I cried to know they were our great grandfathers, cousins, brothers, uncles, friends - all gone. "They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn; At the going down of the sun, and in the morning: We shall remember them."

Edward Bliss : I need her to read the lips of people that talk shit about me when I'm 20 feet away from them

Paul Ruff : She's writing in a form of Steno in the notes that I just saw very briefly . This is awesome . So talented

nigelcarren : The comment the presenter made has me thinking, that perhaps the hidden language hidden in silent film is more valuable than film with audio, because just as is the case with these brave chaps, they knew their words weren't being recorded, so none of the language is at all guarded. What a fascinating film this is, thanks to this wonderful lady. BRAVO and thoughts to all those brave souls.

Samir : Hitler was at the battle of Somme. He was injured twice during its duration

Peaches Jackofski : That’s incredible. That 2nd last one when you could actually make it out when she told of what he says. “I hope we’re in the right place, or next time Ill just get out.” That was truly amazing to watch his lips when she was doing his voice over. It’s clear she was spot on. What Tallented woman.

N Brown : She’s amazing❤️🇺🇸👍🇺🇸

Aaron Lowe : She's so good at lip reading that he keeps forgetting and talking to her when she's looking at something else.

Tom Nally : Impressive. But note the guy who produces all of the "Bad Lip Reading" videos. His lip reading would seem persuasive if we didn't already know it was nonsense because of the context. So, I think there's reason to be less than 100% certain.

Steven Meakin : If they could see the the state of the country they so bravely fought for now then the lady would say its unrepeatable

ED4action : what did war say to religion? couldn't do it without you.....

noway josah : That was interesting. Having a deaf son and knowing how well he lip reads I was impressed with her abilities. Thanks for posting this.

steve sampson : That was really amazing! Please make more videos like this 👍👍

Sir John Hammond : FYI there are also methods in development for recovering audio based on the subtle visual vibrations captured in pixel changes in video. Of course, fidelity is highly resolution dependent and the results are usually a garbled mess but it's still one more piece of the puzzle to recover the original mood and dialogue authentically.


FlyingMonkies325 : She's really good at lip reading! i'm not into war movies but soon as she asked "did you see that?" at the end i did too and i was like "god damn!" LOL.

Mike Folgers : Amazing! Her talents are absolutely amazing!

funny stuff : All those poor men who never got the right to life. Sick greedy world.. RIP.

Twisted World : It is absolutely great to see this woman take advantage of her disability and do something that even people without the disability can't do. She basically just turned her disability into a special ability instead of complaining about it and feeling sorry for herself. Great stuff!