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In my opinion, the Battle of The Somme was a terrible loss of life for the British army and it wasn't just the fault of the Generals, but of cynical politicians looking for a scapegoat.

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The Battle of The Somme In my opinion, the Battle of The Somme was a terrible loss of life for the British army and it wasn't just the fault of the Generals, but of cynical politicians looking for a scapegoat. This is my theory because it was the politicians who got the British into the war when there wasn't any real threat to the British mainland. After all, the Germans were only doing what the British were doing a few decades before, building an Empire. The only difference between the British and the Germans was that the Germans were building their Empire in Europe and the British built theirs overseas. I feel that the British politicians just wanted to show the world that they had not only the best Navy (already undisputed) ...read more.

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The British could then attack them and could have made a quick advance to Germany. The British would have had another advantage, because the French and Russians would have given the Germans heavy casualties. The British army would also have been extremely well prepared with all the modern tactics, weapons and training and (in theory) they would have been unstoppable. The British Generals had nothing like this advantage and were always going to face an uphill challenge against the Germans. The British always had to attack because of all the pressure that the politicians were piling onto them. Whereas the Germans were content with the ground that they had and, as they didn't necessarily need to attack, they were able to make excellent defences. ...read more.

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The Germans were amazed by the thousands of British men who literally were walking to their deaths. After the battle the British public found out for the first time the real, horrific details of the war. The politicians were in a tight spot so they shifted all the blame onto the generals and censored the fact that some divisions actually achieved their objectives. The worst part of the politicians scapegoating was the fact that even eighty years after the battle, the British public still blame the generals and call them names like "The Butchers of The Somme". In my opinion this isn't fair as the British Generals were put into their predicament by the politicians who got them into the war anyway. Is it worth all those millions of lives just to show that you are better than someone else ? ...read more.

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