Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps
Major and Mrs Holt's
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Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps
Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps

Illustrated guide books and maps of the First & Second World Wars


 


THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME 1916 - SUMMARY

The battle most people associate with the Somme is the one that opened on 1 July 1916 when a mainly volunteer British Army of 16 divisions in concert with 5 French divisions attacked entrenched German positions in the Department of the Somme in France. Over-reliance by the British on the destruction of the enemy defences by preparatory artillery bombardment led to almost 60,000 British casualties on the first day and more than 400,000 before the fighting ended on 17 November 1916. The maximum advance made in all that time was six and a half miles. Total German casualties are estimated to have been about the same as the British, and the French were almost 200,000. In the larger Somme guide book the actions of the Australians, Canadians and Americans on the Somme are covered.

 

This is the sort of very brief summary that precedes each of the 27 different battles covered in our two books Western Front - North, and Western Front - South. A more detailed description follows in the books with a point to point battlefield tour as well as up to date photographs.

HOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BATTLE

This battle is described in Western Front - South and in much greater detail in our Battlefield Guide to the Somme. Please click below to go to details of the two guide books in which the Battle of the Somme is described.

 

WE ALSO DO A SOMME BATTLEFIELD MAP - PLEASE CLICK ON THE PICTURE