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On July 1st, 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme began.
The British sent thousands of soldiers over the tops of the trenches to
take the German positions on the opposite side.
The Germans, however, knew the attack was coming and were very
well prepared. The advancing British were quickly cut down by
rifles, machine guns, and artillery. Although some of the British were
able to break through the German lines, the majority were unsuccessful.
Altogether, the British suffered 57,000 casualties making it the bloodiest day in their history to this day. The Battle of the Somme would go on for another four months and claim the lives of thousands more.
animated by Jordan Durrenberger
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Inspired by the ‘Battle of the Somme scene’ from War Horse.