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World War One: The circus animals that helped Britain

Fascinating article from BBC about the conscription of circus animals due to shortages of horses.

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from Mail Online

Dramatic photographs from WW1 that show the carnage... and courage

Doomed? One of the most iconic images of the war shows soldiers of the Royal Irish Rifles waiting to join the offensive on the Somme on 1 July, 1916. There were 60,000 British casualties that day - almost 20,000 died. The battle continued until mid-November, but no other day produced such appalling losses

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July 1, 1916. The First Day of the Battle of the Somme. Despite the heavy loss of life and failure to achieve the expected breakthrough, Field Marshal Haig and General Rawlinson deemed the attack a success, so much that the offensive was to continue for a further four months, only ending with the onset of winter. - prisonersofeternity.co.uk

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Thiepval Memorial – The Somme, France Strange today watching the Remembrance Ceremony at the Cenotaph, London that Commonwealth Countries which did not take part in World War I or II lay wreaths but the sacrifice of Irish soldiers is not represented. In World War I it is estimated of the 700,000 British military deaths 50,000 were Irish. Unlike in Britain, there was never conscription in Ireland so every Irish soldier was a volunteer.

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Placing this under the board titled "Historically Interesting" can be shocking.  It's not simply here because it is interesting.  This kind of information is critical.  We need to remember the cost.  The people alive at this time viewed this as a necessary sacrifice.

Placing this under the board titled "Historically Interesting" can be shocking. It's not simply here because it is interesting. This kind of information is critical. We need to remember the cost. The people alive at this time viewed this as a necessary sacrifice.

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from Mail Online

Somme survivor's diary emerges after 91 years

The Somme - Probably the most gruesome and bloody battle in the last 100 years. -World War 1

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