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 1897

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    Born 1880

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    British Army 10251 Lance Corporal Lancashire Fusiliers

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    Born 1895

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    British Army 26685 Private Manchester Regiment

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    British Army 27242 Private Manchester Regiment

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    British Army 8178 Private Manchester Regiment

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    Born 1888

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    British Army 25755 Corps of Royal Engineers

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