7 Things You May Not Know About the Battle of the Somme

Heritage Calling

This year marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which took place between 1st July and 18th November 1916. The battle was a joint offensive by the British and French forces – fought along both sides of the River Somme in France – aimed at decisively defeating the Germany Army.

Britain fielded a one million strong ‘New Army’ made up of inexperienced but enthusiastic volunteers from all walks of life, raised in a fervour of patriotism by Field Marshal Lord Herbert Kitchener, Secretary of State for War with his iconic recruiting drive, ‘Your Country Needs You!’.

The overall toll at the end of the campaign was over 1 million Allied and German soldiers killed, wounded or missing. The national trauma of the Somme is remembered to this day.

Header image: equipped British soldiers in a trench, France, during the First World War, courtesy of the National Library…

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