Battle of the Somme
Shaylin Lee & Bella
July 1st 1916 - November 18th 1916: Somme, France
How many soldiers fought and died in this battle?
Germans- 1,500,000 fought while 500,000 died.
- Douglas Haig
- Henry Rawlinson
- Hubert Gough
- Ferdinand Foch
- Emile Fayolle
- Joseph Alfred
- Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria
- Max von Gallwitz
- Fritz von Below
An article from the battle
This was written by John Irvine of the "Daily Express" on July 3rd 1916 - though his report would have been scutinised by the British military and government and he could only have used what information the military gave him.
"A perceptible slackening of our fire soon after seven was the first indication given to us that our gallant soldiers were about to leap from their trenches and advance against the enemy. Non-combatants, of course, were not permitted to witness this spectacle, but I am informed that the vigour and eagerness of the first assault were worthy of the best tradition of the British Army. We had not to wait long for news, and it was wholly satisfactory and encouraging. The message received at ten o'clock ran something like this: "On a front of twenty miles north and south of the Somme, we and our French allies have advanced and taken the German first line of trenches. We are attacking vigourously Fricourt, la Boiselle and Mametz. German prisoners are surrendering freely, and a good many already fallen into our hands."
German soldiers in their trench.
British soldiers advancing from their trench to go and attack the Germans.
French soldiers waiting in their trench for a command.
Technology in the battle
- Poison gas
- Rapid rife artillery
What goes on at the battle site today?
where to go
- Somme 1916 Museum in Albert
- Museum of The Great War
- Franco- Australian Museum
- Newfoundland Memorial
- Gordon Cemetary
To this day the effects of the bombs on the land still leave indents and uneven land.
present day trench
One of the trenches used in the battle, renovated to look like this, in the present day.
Memorial for those British powers that died fighting in the Battle of the Somme
where to stay
- Hotel Pacardia
- Hotel de le Baie de Somme Le Crotoy
- Hotel Restaurant du cap Hornu
- Hotel Mercure
where to eat
- Hotel Restaurant du Cap Hornu
- Les Tourellues
- Logis Hotel le Relais Guillaume de Normandy
- Hotel & Restaurant Mecure
- Amiens Cathedral
- Chateau de Rambures
- Musee de Picardie