This article talks about a book written about the Battle of Somme. It discusses the failures of the allies to keep the battle secret and the new technology of machine guns. It also discusses how the battle was meant to relieve pressure in Verdun. The article also show the view point of an officer while watching his men die on the battle field. 1.The first fact is that the Battle of Somme was a surprise attack by the French and British but the news got out and and allowed for German movement. 2. Soldiers were told to walk out of trenches only to get shot by machine guns. 3. One machine gun could take down 100 men. "Action This Day: Peter Parker Spends 24 Hours on the Bloodsoaked Battlefield of the Somme, Scene of the British Army's Greatest Catastrophe." Spectator, September 5, 2015, 34. Accessed October 7, 2015. http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE|A427667635&v=2.1&u=va_s_042_0370&it=r&p=GPS&sw=w&asid=089efc0f522b18ed79aaeee23f069702. www.militaryfactory.com
Battle of Somme occurred from July 1- November 18 1916. The battle took place on the Somme river. "Action This Day: Peter Parker Spends 24 Hours on the Bloodsoaked Battlefield of the Somme, Scene of the British Army's Greatest Catastrophe." Spectator, September 5, 2015, 34. Accessed October 7, 2015. http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE|A427667635&v=2.1&u=va_s_042_0370&it=r&p=GPS&sw=w&asid=089efc0f522b18ed79aaeee23f069702. newsimg.bbc.co.uk
The battle of the Somme was the bloodiest battle during WWI. The Germans, French, and British all had a part in the battle. The British lost nearly 420,000 men (about 60,000 a day). While the French lost about 200,000 men. The Germans took the most losses by almost 500,000 men. Many of the British soldiers were part of a volunteer army called Kitchener's Army because they were recruited by Lord Kitchener. Within the volunteer army there were groups called Pal's Battalion, this name was given to them because they were guaranteed a spot in the battalion beside their friends and neighbors. History Learning Site. "The Battle of the Somme - History Learning Site." History Learning Site. 2015. Accessed October 13, 2015. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world-war-one/battles-of-world-war-one/the-battle-of-the-somme/. Technological Solutions, Inc. "World War I." For Kids: Battle of the Somme. September 07, 2013. Accessed October 13, 2015. http://www.ducksters.com/history/world_war_i/battle_of_the_somme.php. www.ducksters.com
The battle of the Somme was a strategy by the French to attack the Germans north of Verdun. The idea was the the Germans would have to move some of their troops from Verdun therefore relieving pressure on the French in Verdun. The British believed that this strategy could grind Germany down and allow for an easier takeover of Germany. Instead Germany had already dug dugouts there and were capable of moving their men safely to Somme. The Battle of Verdun coined the term the "Lost Generation". Because of speculation between France and England the battle of the Somme turned into one of the bloodiest battles of WWI. History Learning Site. "The Battle of the Somme - History Learning Site." History Learning Site. 2015. Accessed October 13, 2015. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world-war-one/battles-of-world-war-one/the-battle-of-the-somme/. bioscopic.files.wordpress.com
The machine gun played a major role in the battle of the Somme. The machine was very important for the Germans as they had them set up at their dugout and could easily bring down row after row of British and French. George Coppard, a Machine Gunner at the battle of Somme, wrote, "Machine gun fire had done its terrible work". They were mainly used to bring down a vast majority of men from far distances. History Learning Site. "The Battle of the Somme - History Learning Site." History Learning Site. 2015. Accessed October 13, 2015. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world-war-one/battles-of-world-war-one/the-battle-of-the-somme/. upload.wikimedia.org
A very important military weapon used at the battle of the Somme was barbed wire. Barbed wire was majorly important because it would entangle soldiers that tried crossing trenches into no mans land. George Coppard, a gunner at the battle of Somme, wrote about dead soldiers, "Some looked as if they were praying; they had died on their knees and the wire had prevented their fall". The main use was to slow soldiers down to allow machine gun fire to kill them. Also, barbed wire inflicted deep wounds that could infect soldiers and possibly cause death. History Learning Site. "The Battle of the Somme - History Learning Site." History Learning Site. 2015. Accessed October 13, 2015. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world-war-one/battles-of-world-war-one/the-battle-of-the-somme/. s2.thingpic.com

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