Elegy: The First Day on the Somme

Elegy: The First Day on the Somme


On July 1, 1916, after a five-day bombardment, eleven British and 5 French divisions introduced their long-awaited "Big Push" on German positions on excessive flooring above the Rivers Ancre and Somme at the Western entrance. a few flooring was once received, yet at a negative rate. German machine-guns—manned via troops who had sat out the hurricane of shellfire in deep dugouts—inflicted bad losses at the British infantry. The British Fourth military misplaced 57,470 casualties, the French 6th military suffered 1,590 casualties, and the German 2d military 10,000. And this was once however the prelude to 141 days of slaughter that will witness the deaths of among 750,000 and 1 million troops. Andrew Roberts conjures up the pity and the horror of the blackest day within the heritage of the British army—a summer's day grew to become hell on the earth via sleek army technology—in the phrases of casualties, survivors, and the bereaved.

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