A Brief Note On The Battle Of Somme

1228 WordsApr 13, 20165 Pages
Infantry containing new machinery and lack of protection and medical equipment was a major cause of the lethality during the Battle of Somme. In fact, the highest casualties were found in units manned by infantry. Machine guns, tanks, gasses, and new explosives were massively powerful; artillery heavier than ever, but protection was not. On the first of July, 1916 “mines under the German strong points were exploded”, leaving creators that still mark the battle field, and the beginning of chaos for the Battle of Somme, exemplifying the new abilities of destruction. Moving forward, firepower was to overwhelmingly lethal for medical assistance and medics struggled to keep up. Artillery covered a larger surface area and could shoot off more…show more content…
The amount of destruction caused by mass explosives and gunfire was worsened by the lack of protection and medical availability. The evolution of new firepower was too strong for current methods of protection and cover. Barbed wire and trenches was the most effective current form of shelter. However, barbed wire was easily run over by tanks and trenches penetrated by explosives and air power. Simple cloth covering the bodies of the soldiers was no protection against machine guns, bombs, and gasses. World War I was the first time gas had been used and the soldiers during the Battle of Somme did not yet of the technology of gas-masks to protect themselves. The result of so many injuries was too much for medics to keep up with and transportation was slow. There were not enough materials, nor enough people to manage the mass injuries. The extreme death toll caused by day one could have been significantly smaller given an abundance of medical attention, however that was not the case for soldiers on the Somme. Soldiers wounded on the first day suffered for a longer period of time due to a failure in ambulance trains. The failure left around 10,000 of the wounded soldiers stranded in battle territory and were not able to be transferred for days to come. The circumstances within the trenches was no assistance to the survival of men. Trench warfare during the Battle of Somme, was highly dangerous due to disease, whether
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