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  First World War.com - Battles - The Battle of the Somme, 1916
Comprising the main Allied attack on the Western Front during 1916, the Battle of the Somme is famous chiefly on account of the loss of 58,000 British troops (one third of them killed) on the first day of the battle, 1 July 1916, which to this day remains a one-day record.
The German Verdun offensive transformed the intent of the Somme attack; the French demanded that the planned date of the attack, 1 August 1916, be brought forward to 1 July, the aim chiefly being to divert German resources from Verdun in the defence of the Somme.
Meanwhile the British attack was renewed in north-east, the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, by the Fourth Army on 15 September.
www.firstworldwar.com /battles/somme.htm   (1956 words)

  
 A Death at the Battle of the Somme, 1916
A Death at the Battle of the Somme, 1916
In the summer of 1916 the line of trenches demarcating the Western Front stretched from west to east across the length of France.
The objective of the Somme offensive was to relieve the pressure on Verdun and to push the British line forward.
www.eyewitnesstohistory.com /somme.htm   (867 words)

  
  Bambooweb: Battle of the Somme (1916)
The Allied strategy for 1916 was largely formulated during a conference at Chantilly on 6 December, 1915 when it was decided that simultaneous offensives were to be mounted by the Russians in the east, the Italians in the Alps and the Anglo-French on the Western Front, thereby asssailing the Central Powers from all sides.
In January 1916, the French commander, General Joseph Joffre, had agreed to the BEF making their main effort in Flanders but after further discussions in February the decision was reached to mount a combined offensive where the French and British armies met astride the Somme River in Picardy.
In one significant respect, the Battle of the Somme was a major strategic success for the British as on 12 July, in response to the Somme fighting and the situation in the east, Falkenhayn called off the German offensive at Verdun.
www.bambooweb.com /articles/B/a/Battle_of_the_Somme_(1916).html   (5650 words)

  
  Battle of the Somme (1916): Definition and Links by Encyclopedian.com
Battle of the Somme was a large battle in World War I with more than one million casualties.
The battle was preceded by artillery bombardment and the initial attack was on July 1, 1916.
The Battle of the Somme damaged the German Army beyond repair, after which it was never able to adequately replace its casualties with the same calibre of soldier that doggedly held its ground during most of the battle.
www.encyclopedian.com /ba/Battle-of-the-Somme-(1916).html   (419 words)

  
  Battle of the Somme (1916) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In January 1916, the French commander, General Joseph Joffre, had agreed to the BEF making their main effort in Flanders, but after further discussions in February, the decision was reached to mount a combined offensive where the French and British armies met astride the Somme River in Picardy..
In one significant respect, the Battle of the Somme was a major strategic success for the British as on 12 July, in response to the Somme fighting and the situation in the east, Falkenhayn called off the German offensive at Verdun.
The attack, known as the Battle of Bazentin Ridge, was aimed at capturing the German second defensive position which ran along the crest of the ridge from Pozières, on the Albert–Bapaume road, southeast towards the villages of Guillemont and Ginchy.
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 Battle of the Somme (1916) - Voyager, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
As horrific as the battle of the Somme is in British memory, it also had a staggering impact on the German army; one officer famously described it as "the muddy grave of the German field army".
Prior to the battle, Germany had regarded Britain as a naval power and discounted her as a military force to be reckoned with, believing her major enemies were France and Russia.
The British daily loss rate during the Battle of the Somme was 2,943 men, which exceeded the loss rate during the Third Battle of Ypres but was not as severe as the two months of the battle of Arras (4,076 per day) or the final Hundred Days offensive in 1918 (3,645 per day).
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 Battle Of The Somme (1916) - Free English Encyclopedia from Turkcebilgi
The battle is best remembered for its first day, 1 July 1916, on which the British suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 dead andamp;mdash; the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army.
As horrific as the battle of the Somme is in British andamp; Commonwealth memory, it also had a staggering impact on the German army; one officer famously described it as andquot;the muddy grave of the German field armyandquot;.
The attack, known as the battle of Bazentin Ridge, was aimed at capturing the German second defensive position which ran along the crest of the ridge from [[Pozières]], on the Albertandamp;ndash;Bapaume road, southeast towards the villages of Guillemont and Ginchy.
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Battle of Verdun (Feb. 21-Nov. 26, 1916)Battle of Verdun, an unsuccessful German effort to take the offensive in the west, was one of the longest and bloodiest encounters of the war.
Battle of Gallipoli The Gallipoli campaign of 1915 was an Allied attempt to knock Ottoman Turkey out of WORLD WAR I and reopen a supply route to Russia Estimates of Allied casualties for the entire campaign are about 252,000, with the Turks suffering almost as many casualties--an estimated 251,000.
Battle of Somme (June 24-Nov. 13, 1916)Throughout the summer and autumn the British continued a series of limited attacks, including the last large-scale use of horse cavalry in western Europe.
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 The Ulster Division and the Battle of the Somme
On the Somme in 1916, for the whole length of the line, British soldiers would have to attack uphill, very often cross open land, and into the teeth of very well planned German defensive positions of trenches, redoubts, and fortified villages.
Consequently, the battle tactics which they were ordered to follow by their commanders were more strict and regimented than those which would normally have been issued to men of the Regular Army.
The accepted reasons for this are the catastrophe suffered by the Germans at Verdun, and his mis-reading of the situation during the opening stages of the Battle of the Somme.
www.houstonpk.freeserve.co.uk /36thUlster&somme.htm   (5300 words)

  
 ::The Battle of the Somme::
For many people, the Battle of the Somme was the battle that symbolised the horrors of warfare in World War One; this one battle had a marked effect on overall casualty figures and seemed to epitomise the futility of trench warfare.
Ironically, going over the top at the Somme was the first taste of battle many of these men had, as many were part of "Kitchener’s Volunteer Army" persuaded to volunteer by posters showing Lord Kitchener himself summoning these men to arms to show their patriotism.
British military faith was still being placed on cavalry attacks in 1916 when the nature of war in the previous two years would have clearly indicated that cavalry was no longer viable.
www.historylearningsite.co.uk /somme.htm   (1248 words)

  
 Somme 1916 - A Battlefield Companion
Somme 1916, Gerald Gliddon's lavishly illustrated topographical survey of the Somme battlefield, first published in 1987 to critical acclaim, has become a classic reference for all those interested in this most horrific of First World War battles, which caused over a million casualties.
This edition of Somme 1916 has been greatly expanded and updated to include a Somme diary, a new selection of contemporary illustrations, a complete order of battle for the British and German forces in the Somme for July to November 1916 and a listing of 'lost cemeteries'.
Also included in Somme 1916 is a full history of the current cemeteries and memorials, thumbnail biographies of all the senior officers to fall, as well as the winners of the Victoria Cross and those who were 'shot at dawn'.
www.haynes.co.uk /webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BookFeature_Somme1916View?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10051   (410 words)

  
 Trench Warfare - The Battle of the Somme 1916. - Coursework.Info
Trench Warfare - The Battle of the Somme 1916.
Trench Warfare The Battle of the Somme 1916 The battle of the Somme was between 1st July and 19th November 1916.
On the first day of battle there were already 60,000 casualties of British troops, this was the worst day of slaughter in the history of the British Army.
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 Somme 1st Battle Of The   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Important work challenges Somme myths: During the war and for some years afterward, the British effort on the Somme in 1916 was regarded by those who were there as a very considerable achievement.
A Well Researched Classic: The battles of High Wood which dominated the Bazentin Ridges on the Somme was one of the great epics of the Somme Battles of 1916.
First attacked on 15 July, 1916, it was not cleared of the enemy until 15 September during the so called Battles of Flers...
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 Newfoundland Regiment: The Somme, 1916
The Somme offensive in the summer of 1916 had its origins in Anglo-French plans to bring the war to a rapid close.
In consequence, the Somme offensive became a largely British effort, designed to relieve beleaguered French troops at Verdun, and to cause a decisive breakthrough in the German lines.
The Battle of the Somme was the great turning point in the war.
www.heritage.nf.ca /greatwar/articles/somme.html   (1804 words)

  
 The Somme 1916
Ninety years ago on 1st July 1916 at around 7.30 in the morning, whistles were blown to signal the start of what would be the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army.
The battle plan involved the British attacking on a 15 mile front to north of the Somme with five French divisions attacking along an 8 mile front to the south of the Somme.
For many, the Battle of the Somme was the battle that symbolised the true horrors of warfare and demonstrated the futility of trench warfare.
www.historic-uk.com /HistoryUK/England-History/TheSomme.htm   (785 words)

  
 The Battle of the Somme
However, this was soon to pass, and the battle of this tragic, harrowing day was destined to be fought under a blue, cloudless sky, and a hot pitiless sun.
On the Somme in 1916, for the whole length of the line, British soldiers would have to attack uphill, very often cross open land, and into the teeth of very well planned German defensive positions of trenches, redoubts, and fortified villages.
Consequently, the battle tactics which they were ordered to follow by their commanders were more strict and regimented than those which would normally have been issued to men of the Regular Army.
www.ramsdale.org /somme.htm   (4421 words)

  
 Defence Internet | Defence News | In Depth
One of the Somme's forgotten battles, and The Cambridgeshire Regiment's finest hour, has been commemorated at the battlefield itself by a group of Cambridgeshire veterans, serving...
According to military historian John Hughes Wilson, the Battle of the Somme was "a nasty...
While the Battle of the Somme on the ground was raging, the aerial battle was just as fierce.
www.mod.uk /DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/InDepth/BattleOfTheSomme90thAnniversary.htm   (396 words)

  
 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Okinawa prefecture
Okinawa (沖縄) is the southern most prefecture of Japan and the main island of the Ryukyu island chain.
The Battle of Okinawa, fought in 1945, was one of the last major battles of World War II, claiming the lives of an estimated 120,000 people.
Okinawa was the only place where there was a land battle in Japan during WW II, and it was the bloodiest battle of the Pacific War.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Okinawa-prefecture   (724 words)

  
 Brits remember 1916 Battle of Somme - Boston.com
The Battle of the Somme raged across northern France from July 1, 1916.
Ninety years on, the battle remains a scar in the British memory, particularly in parts of northern England where many of the battalions of Britain's raw new volunteer army were recruited.
Killed by a German shell on Aug. 4, 1916 on Longueval Ridge, artillery officer Lloyd -- who left a newly pregnant wife -- now has a simple white headstone in Becordel-Becourt, one of thousands that dot northern France and are kept pristine by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
www.boston.com /news/world/europe/articles/2006/06/30/brits_remember_1916_battle_of_somme   (382 words)

  
 Somme 1916 14th Hants
June 1916 there was a perfect moonless summer night as the troops moved to their final jump off positions and quietly waited for the morning attack.
It was excavated before the battle and, due to the fact that it was on the lee of a hill, was out of range of the German artillery, whose shells exploded on top or skimmed over the lip of the hill and burst 60 or 70 metres away.
All of the major activities on the Somme were now being concentrated to the south were William and the others could hear the fight raging and could gain some solace from the fact that small gains of farmland and wood were slowly being made, albeit with huge sacrifice of men from both sides.
www.spoulton.fsnet.co.uk /Book/Somme.htm   (5877 words)

  
 First day on the Somme: Encyclopedia II - First day on the Somme - Preparations   (Site not responding. Last check: )
While this was a substantial increase on the artillery used in previous British battles, the array of tasks allotted and the length of front to be bombarded exceeded the capacity of the guns available.
Ten mines were prepared for the first day of the battle; three large mines in excess of 20 tons and seven smaller ones, around 5,000 lb in size.
At the time the Somme mines were the largest yet detonated during the war but they would be eclipsed by the 19 mines fired during the Battle of Messines.
www.experiencefestival.com /a/First_day_on_the_Somme_-_Preparations/id/1394101   (1030 words)

  
 The 21st Division 1914-1918
The Battle of Flers-Courcelette (sixth phase of the Battle of the Somme 1916)
The Battle of Morval (seventh phase of the Battle of the Somme 1916)
The Battle of Le Transloy (eighth phase of the Battle of the Somme 1916)
www.1914-1918.net /21div.htm   (882 words)

  
 The National Archives | Exhibitions & Learning online | First World War | Battles
The Somme offensive became a predominantly British operation, in the hands of the commander-in-chief of the British army in France,
As mud and rain began to make conditions impossible, the Battle of the Somme was finally brought to a halt on 18 November.
The unprecedented carnage of the Battle of the Somme marked a turning point in public perceptions of the war in Britain.
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk /pathways/firstworldwar/battles/somme.htm   (658 words)

  
 BBC - History - Battle of the Somme: 1 July - 13 November 1916
Battle of the Somme: 1 July - 13 November 1916
Intended to be a decisive breakthrough, the Battle of the Somme instead became a byword for futile and indiscriminate slaughter, with General Haig's tactics remaining controversial even today.
The British planned to attack on a 24km (15 mile) front between Serre, north of the Ancre, and Curlu, north of the Somme.
www.bbc.co.uk /history/worldwars/wwone/battle_somme.shtml   (528 words)

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