Δευτέρα, 27 Ιουνίου 2016

The preliminary bombardment began for the battle of the Somme.


100 years ago the preliminary bombardment began for the battle of the Somme. French and British artillery would continue firing for 7 days, hoping to break through the German defenses and shatter their morale.

With over 1.5 million shells fired the expectation was that their would be no opposition when the men marched across No Man's Land on 1 July, but the Germans were able to hold their position in dug-outs and the barbed wire remained largely intact.
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