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Why is the Battle of the Somme regarded as such a great military tragedy?

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Why is the Battle of the Somme regarded as such a great military tragedy? The Battle of the Somme is regarded as such a great military tragedy for several reasons. On the date of July 1st 1916 at 7:30am British and French soldiers left their trenches and advanced towards the German front line. These soldiers were extremely confident in their attack and were told to walk to the German line. They were clearly instructed not to charge because everybody was so confident that they would knock over the Germans and seize their lines. Sir Henry Rawlinson, the British commander was so convinced that there would be no German resistance that he told his men to march forward in parade formation. The richest and highest gentlemen of English society were involved in this attack. The plan was to walk into the German lines and the Germans would be a pushover due to earlier bombardment of fire. ...read more.

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Even when faced with the German onslaught Haig demanded that the assault continued causing more unnecessary deaths. Had the allied soldiers charged the German line or gone back and planned another strategy they would have stood a slight chance. This is another reason why the Battle of the Somme was seen as such a great military tragedy. Another reason why the Battle of the Somme is seen as a great military tragedy is that the first day was the worst for deaths and injuries on the first day. In total, on the first day, the British faced 57, 470 casualties with 19, 240 soldiers dead, 35,494 fatally wounded and 2, 152 men missing. This is a big factor in why it was seen as a military tragedy with huge numbers of casualties. Another reason why the Battle of the Somme was seen as such a great military tragedy is that the men who died went into this Battle thinking that they would see the end of the war with this battle but they died ...read more.

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This meant whole communities lost men and boys who were workers and people struggled to live. This is another reason why the Battle of the Somme was is seen as such a great military tragedy. One final reason that the Battle of the Somme is seen as a great military tragedy is that a great amount of soldiers who died were young men. These young men were the future generation, the English Rose of the future. This meant in future battles there would be fewer men to fight and also parents were distraught due to the deaths of their young ones. In conclusion, the Battle of the Somme is seen as such a great tragedy because of the vast numbers of British soldiers killed on the first day, the numbers killed in total, the amount of communities destroyed, the small amount of ground gained by the British, the war not being ended at the end of the battle and also the number of young people killed in the Battle. These are the reasons why the Battle of the Somme is seen as such a great military tragedy. ...read more.

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