Battle of Somme Tour

Tour the area the battle took place!

July 1 - November 18, 1916

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Summary of the Battle

A Franco- British commitment to an offensive on the Somme had been made during Allied discussions at Chantilly, Oise, France in December of 1915 at. Agreed upon in a strategy of combined offensives against the Central Powers in 1916, by the French, Russian, British, and Italian armies with the Somme offensive as the Franco-British contribution. The first day on the Somme was a serious defeat for the German Second Army, which was forced out of its first line of defense by the French Sixth Army, from Foucaucourt-en-Santerre south of the Somme to Maricourt on the north bank and by the British Fourth Army from Maricourt to the vicinity of Albert-Bapaume road. The First Day on the Somme was also the worst day in the history of the British Army, which had about 60,000 casualties, mainly on the front between the Albert-Bapaume road and Gommecourt, where the attack was defeated and few British troops reached the German front line. At the end of the battle, British and French forces had penetrated 6 miles into German occupied territory, taking more ground than any offensive since the Battle of Marne in 1914.

French & British Casualties & Losses

Allied

Total 623,907

Killed & Missing 146,431

German Casualties & Losses

237,000 - 500,000

Total 465,000

Killed & Missing 164,055

POW 38,000

Battle Leaders

Technology

The Allies Won!

Tour Information

Battle of Somme Tours

Monday, July 6th, 7am

River Somme, France

Museums

Tour the museum and look at all the treasures! Picked up from the battlefields and souvenirs from the veterans, and even a letter from President Obama himself!

Times

Tours will only happen during the summer, it creates a better atmosphere for imagination about how the battle was fought. Tours begin of the 6th of July and continue until August 29th.

Walk the Battle

Hikes will occur during the summer, hiking the first battle day. Walking six miles around the Somme and following the battle's footsteps.

The Battle Site Today

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