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British Troops on the eve of the Somme

Saturday, November 12, 2016 23:41
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As a followup to The Saturday Night Special movie The Battle of Verdun, here is an article from the Daily Mail on the Battle of the Somme – one of WWI’s bloodiest engagements with some 20,000 killed and 40,00 wounded on day 1 just on the allied side. Daily mail Pictorial


The article focuses, rightly, on the troops, and has many pictures of Brits before the battle. What makes this article different, is that with some of the pictures, they were able to track and show the fates of some of the men in that battle.

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There are many more pictures capturing the misery of trench warfare in WWI. The images in the article, which show soldiers relaxing before the battle began and in action once the offensive started, have been put together in a bestselling book by WWI author Richard van Emden titled, The Somme: The Epic Battle in the Soldiers’ own Words and Photographs.

Lastly, at the end of the article’s there are two videos from The Battle of the Somme. Here is one of them.

Though I did serve in the US Navy, I never did so in time of war. I have always been grateful for that. And because I was spared such, I am all the more grateful and appreciative of those who did. God Bless, and God rest, all of our war dead.


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