The battle of Somme began on July 1, 1916, a hundred and two days ago today. The British forces mark this date as the deadliest day for them, considering they lost almost 20000 soldiers in just one day. The fighting continued for over four months, with total casualties believed to be over 1,088,000 and this battle is seen as one the landmark events of the First World War. The Allied forces of France and Britain were pittes against the German empire, and even though they prevailed, the cost of human lives lost as a result of this battle led to the Commander of the Allied forces, General Douglas Haig, to be known as a ‘butcher’ by historians across the board.

 

Somme. The whole history of the world

cannot contain a more ghastly word.

–Friedrich Steinbrecher – 1920.