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Battle of the Somme


battle of the Somme

of Verdun, so the main attackers were British. The British troops on the Somme comprised a mixture of the remains of the pre-war regular army ; the Territorial Force ; and Kitchener's Army, a force of volunteer recruits including many Pals' Battalions, recruited from the same places and occupations. The battle was intended to hasten a victory a Biography of Vincent Van Gogh for the Allies and was the largest battle of the First World War on the. Many casualties were inflicted on the Germans but the French made slower progress. When relieved the brigade had lost 2,536 men, similar to the casualties of many brigades on 1 July. Tactical developments edit The original British Expeditionary Force (BEF) of six divisions and the Cavalry Division, had lost most of the army's pre-war regular soldiers in the battles of 19The bulk of the army was made up of volunteers of the Territorial Force and Lord.

battle of the Somme

Success there and at Mouquet Farm allowed Gough to threaten the German fortress at Thiepval. Subsequent operations edit Ancre, JanuaryMarch 1917 edit Main article: Operations on the Ancre, JanuaryMarch 1917 After the Battle of the Ancre (1318 November 1916 British attacks on the Somme front were stopped by the weather and military operations by both sides were mostly restricted. Dubbed the Battle of Albert, Haig persisted in pushing forward over the next several days. There was a lot of disease in the trenches. The original Allied estimate of casualties on the Somme, made at the Chantilly Conference on 15 November 1916, was 485,000 British and French casualties and 630,000 German.


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