The Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme

The Battle of The Somme. From 1st of July to the 18th of November 1916. A massive preliminary bombardment, which began on 24 June, continued for eight days. The assault began at 7.30 a.m. on 1st July, when over half a million troops advanced across no mans land. The French achieved the greatest success in their secondary sector, their heavy artillery having prepared the ground more effectively than the British, who had insufficient heavy guns. On most of the British front, with one exception, virtually no progress was made in the face of fierce German resistance., particularly from a relative small number of machine gunners. By the end of the day the British had suffered 57,470 casualties (19.240) were killed, the largest loss ever sustained by the British army in a single day. The only real success came at the southern end of the British front, where an advance of one mile was achieved and the villages of Montauban, Mametz and Fricourt were taken.

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    Born 1890

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    British Army Lieutenant Devonshire Regiment 2nd Battalion

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    Born 1896

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    British Army 28444 Private Manchester Regiment 22 nd Battalion

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    British Army Lieutenant West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) 10th Bn.

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    Born 1897

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    British Army Second Lieutenant Hampshire Regiment 3rd Battalion

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    Born 1887

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    British Army 14236 Lance Corporal Durham Light Infantry

    British Army 14236 Corporal Durham Light Infantry

    British Army 14236 Private Durham Light Infantry 15th Battalion

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    British Army 18/1306 Private Durham Light Infantry 18th Battalion

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    British Army 30233 Private Durham Light Infantry 15th Battalion

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    Born 1893

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    British Army 30579 Private Durham Light Infantry 15th Battalion

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    Born 1891

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    British Army 10273 Private Lancashire Fusiliers 15th Battalion

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    Born 1898

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    British Army 19300 Private Manchester Regiment 21st Battalion

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    Born 1896

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    British Army 20893 Private Manchester Regiment 22nd Battalion

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    Born 1895

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    British Army 1115 Private Royal Newfoundland Regiment 1st Battalion

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    Born 1897

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    British Army 7576 Private Manchester Regiment

    British Army 7576 Private Manchester Regiment and the Duke of Cambridge's Own Middlesex Regiment 16th Battalion

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    British Army 31070 Private Manchester Regiment 19th Battalion

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    British Army 19626 Private Manchester Regiment 21st Battalion

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    British Army 17272 Private Manchester Regiment 20th Battalion

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    British Army 5972 Private Royal Fusiliers

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    British Army 20826 Private Manchester Regiment 22nd Battalion

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    Born 1893

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    British Army 24253 Lance Corporal Acting Corporal Cheshire Regiment

    British Army 24253 Corporal Cheshire Regiment 13th Battalion.