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Battle Of The Somme

“The Battle of the Somme was a total failure” How far do Sources A-F support this statement? On the 1st July 1916, the battle of the Somme began. Sources A, D, E and F suggest that the Battle of The Somme wasn’t a total failure. However, Sources B and C suggest that the British underestimated the Germans and this was the cause of their massacre. Source B proposes that although the British were organized and everything was going according to their plan, the first line, which had nearly reached...

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The Battle of Somme

The battle of the Somme began in the summer of 1916. The British saw their opportunity to look good and be the saviour of the moment. However, this did not occur. A four hundred and fifty mile trench network, stretching from the Swiss border up and into Belgium, was opened up and the battle had truly started. The battle soon deteriorated into trench warfare causing no progress to either side. The Generals decided to forge an all-out offensive on the weaker points of the German lines and started...

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Battle of the Somme

The battle of the Somme started on July 1st 1916 and ended around November 18th. The battle was in Picardy. The Battle of the Somme was part of the ‘War of Attrition’ phase of World War One. On the 3rd of August, 1914, Germany invaded Belgium. The next day Britain declared war, and the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) went to France. For the first two months the armies fought aggressively against each other. These first meetings were called the ‘War of movement’. The Germany armies managed...

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Descriptions of the Battles of Verdun and Somme

Descriptions of the battles of Verdun and Somme The Battle of Verdun in 1916 was the longest battle of World War One, which yielded many casualties and was the catalyst for the British starting the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. The objective of the Battle of Somme was to help alleviate the pressure on the British that the Germans had been exerting at the battle Verdun. “The attack on Verdun (the Germans code-named it 'Judgment') came about because of a plan by the German Chief of General...

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Battle of the Somme and Source

Source 3 challenge the impression given in Sources 1 and 2 that the Battle of the Somme had achieved worthwhile objectives? Having analysed all 3 sources, it can be said that source 3 significantly challenges sources 1 and 2 giving an entirely different perspective on the battle of the Somme. Source 1 is an extract from Sir Douglas Haig’s final dispatch, published in March 1919. This source begins to describe the Battle of the Somme as a tremendous victory. Haig claims that “The three main objectives…...

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Battle of Somme Sucess or Failiur

the battle of the Somme a success or failure? It’s a question that has plagued the minds of many historians over the years. On one hand, without the battle the war could have had a very different outcome; but on the other hand, was it really worth all the slaughter and bloodshed? In 1916, General Sir Douglas Haig was enforced with chance to conduct a major offensive against the Germans, ‘The Big Push’ some called it. His plan was to gather thousands of troops to attack the enemy at the Somme, forcing...

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Why Did The Battle Of The Somme Go So B

 Why Did the Battle of the Somme go so Badly for the British Army? The Battle of the Somme took place during 1916 to take pressure off the French at Verdun and the Russians on the Eastern Front. The French were under heavy fire at Verdun and had been since February, and the army itself was close to cracking. The Russians had fought gallantly on the Eastern Front to try and avert the German Forces away from the Western Front. After launching many small offensives the Russians had gained very little...

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Why Was the First Day of the Battle of the Somme Such a Disaster?

Why Was the First Day of the Battle of the Somme (1st July 1916) Such A Disaster? The Battle of the Somme began on the 1st of July 1916 just north of Somme. This was over a month earlier than planned but the British needed to attack early in order to draw out the German troops from Verdun and save the French army. The battle was intended to create a rupture in the German line which could then be exploited so the Allies could get deep into the enemy lines. But the first day was a disaster and...

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The battle of somme

Battle of Somme July-November 1916 Why did the British decide to launch an offensive on the Somme? The French were fighting the Germans alone at Verdun, in an attempt to retain control of the historic fortress town. The French Commander in Chief, Joffre, asked the British to mount an offensive on the nearby Somme, to deflect the Germans. The offensive was planned by the British Commander, Douglas Haig. What was the Plan? The plan was to launch a week long bombardment of the German trenches ...

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The Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme took place between 1st July 1916 to 18th November 1916. It was fought on the north and south banks of the river Somme, hence the name. The plan was to redirect the German armies from attacking Verdun (which was lower down the Somme), which was a town that was very near Paris, the capital. The Battle had some positive and negative views. The best thing that happened during the battle was that tactics were developed that enabled the British to win the...

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