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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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from The Atlantic

World War II: Axis Invasions and the Fall of France

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Quagmire World War One - Mud on the Somme. Men actually drowned in the mud at the Battle of the Somme in 1916."We live in a world of Somme mud. We sleep in it, work in it, fight in it, wade in it and many of us die in it. We see it, feel it, eat it and curse it, but we can't escape it, not even by dying." Quote by Australian Private Edward Lynch

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©IWM (Q 4499) WWI,13 Nov 1916, Somme, Battle of the Ancre. A Military Policeman with a wounded German prisoner captured at St Pierre Divion. (Detail)

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These remarkable photos capture the life of a young officer in the Battle of the Somme, which began 90 years ago. The incredible photos from Lieutenant Patrick King were some of the rare surviving pictures from the battlefield in northern France

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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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from NBC News

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Field Marshall Douglas Haig rides a horse at an unknown location in France, Feb. 14, 1916. Haig was the British commander-in-chief during the Somme battle.

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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