This compilation of film from the first day of the Somme is a little late for the 97th Anniversary. Nevertheless it illustrates images of the infantry in the summer of 1916. Not many of the pictured men will have fought in 1917… Remembered here.
Above is a compilation of original video clips of the Battle of the Somme, one of the most destructive battles of World War I, which began 97 years ago today, July 1, 1916. You could argue that the battle actually “began” a week earlier, when an intensive artillery barrage by British gunners sought to pound the German front around the Somme into utter submission. They hoped that the shelling was so thorough, when the troops went over the top on July 1 they would simply march into the German trenches and take them easily. That is not what happened.
The artillery barrage simply drove the Germans deeper underground. They spent the week before July 1 fortifying their bunkers, relatively safe from the shelling. As soon as the shelling stopped on the morning of July 1, they knew the assault by British infantry was coming, so they crawled out of their…
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