1916 - Battle of the Somme


Title: 1916 - Battle of the Somme


About: In the devastating trench warfare of the First World War, none were as bloody or infamous as the Battle for the Somme. To relieve pressure on French lines, 14 British divisions launched an offensive after a massive artillery bombardment designed to pound the Germans into submission.  However, the defenders were not particularly damaged by the artillery barrage, and the advancing infantry were welcomed by a storm of machine-gun, rifle and artillery fire. They suffered nearly 60,000 casualties during the first day alone. Attacks continued through the summer, mostly on a series of individual objectives, with the Germans frequently mounting counter-attacks of their own. The ‘Big Push’ became a slow, grinding struggle of attrition. In November, after the weather had deteriorated, Field Marshal Haig shut down the offensive. For an advance of 13km the British Empire had suffered 420,000 casualties and the French 200,000. German losses were at least 450,000 killed and wounded. 

Decade: 1910s

Year: 1916

Region: Europe

Country: France + UK + Germany

Conflict: World War I

Type: Historical Event

Impact: 9

Artist: Bryan Willian 


Date Created: 16/10/2021

Group: Genesis

Number: 23/100

Price: 0.9 ETH