Battle of the Somme 1917 - a short review
1 July and 18 November 1916 Britain's New Army
took a leading role in a battle on
the Western Front for the first time. This
battle was intended to achieve a decisive victory for
the Allies over the Germans after two years
of trench deadlock.
Battle of the Somme is famous chiefly on account of the loss
of 57.470 British
troops on this first day: 19.240 dead,
35.493 wounded, 2.152
missing and 585 men were made prisoner of
war. A total which to this day remains a one-day record.
The attack was
launched upon a 30 kilometre front, from north of the Somme
river between Arras and Albert, and ran from 1 July until 18
November, when it was called off.
An estimated 1,3
million men from both sides became casualties
in the long and bitter battle and the war was to
continue for another two years.
Pictures Hans de Regt
photos of the slideshow were made during a trip with
the Western Front Association Nederland in 2005.