On July 1,1916, the battle of the Somme began. When the battle of Verdun began, the French intended for the Somme to be used as backup, but instead, there were Germans waiting there. They had trenches and machine guns set up and quickly mowed down the French and British group.
The Death Count
In the Battle of the Somme, over 1 120 000 solders were killed in total. 500 000 Germans, 200 000 French and 420 000 British soldiers all died. On the first day, 55 000 men went to battle from the British and French armies, and 20 000 of the men died.