The Battle of the Somme in 1916

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“The Battle of the Somme, July-November 1916, was the largest military encounter in history to date, involving over 1.5 million men”, says Furtado, author for History Today (10). Out of this 1.5 million, around 75 to 83 percent died or were injured by the end of the Battle of the Somme. Furtado later remarks that “...troops from Canada, Newfoundland..., South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, India, China, Senegal, North Africa, Madagascar, Somalia, Indochina, and others” were all at the Somme (11). The troops at the battle were diverse. Even though this was an international battle with many different ethnicities, it was not about each individual or county. The Battle of the Somme was between the British and French armies…show more content…
Elizabeth Greenhalgh then goes on to write that since February 21, the Germans had been assaulting Verdun and putting pressure there (Greenhalgh 2). These attacks strained France’s resources and caused friction between France and Germany. The tension pressed on French borders forced them to search for relief. France and Great Britain worked together to prepare for battle with Germany. These preparations included more than just gathering an army. According to Legg, the author of The Battle of the Somme, 1916: The preparations for the attack were begun in the early weeks of 1916. Training and large scale rehearsals were carried out over a period of weeks before the attack. Huge mines were laid by engineers to blow strategic gaps in the substantial German defenses...Tons of supplies and equipment, hundreds of guns, thousands of men and hundreds of horses arrived in the rear areas ready for deployment to the forward line. (Legg) This shows the large efforts that went into preparing for the Somme Offensive. The same website continues to say, “Air reconnaissance, aerial bombardment from aeroplanes and trench raids were carried out over and in the enemy’s lines to keep the enemy on their toes, to capture prisoners, and gather intelligence...” (Legg). These extensive tasks better readied the British and French for battle and helped give them a more advantageous understanding of their enemy. One would think that all these preparations would have helped the
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