First day of the Somme (annotated)

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Catalogue reference: WO 153/167

This trench map shows the objectives of the British Army’s 29th Infantry Division for the first day of the Somme. The intention was for the army to reach the first thick red line 20 minutes after zero hour – 7.50am. However, Beaumont-Hamel, which can be seen in the middle of the map, to the right of the thick red line, was not captured until November 1916.


Owner: The National Archives UK
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    • 12/Dec/2016 12:53:04

    There's a lot to be said for optimism, but for crying out loud, even the slowest person on the planet would have figured that these were nigh on impossible objectives after sitting in trenches for 1.5 years. There are historians trying to convince us that the Allied generals really weren't callous, unthinking men and that they really did value the life of their troops. Really? With plans like these??!

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    • 03/Apr/2018 13:11:57

    want to know more about this? there is a youtube series following the great war called "the great war" with host indy neidell. VERY good