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In your opinion, was the Somme a victory or a defeat?

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In your opinion, was the Somme a victory or a defeat? The battle of the Somme can be recorded in history as both a huge victory in military enforcements and tactics, or as a defeat with the amount of soldiers who devastatingly lost their lives. The Somme was one of the most memorable battles in World War II as it was the worst disaster in British Military History. One way the battle is remembered as a public defeat and humiliation is that on the fateful day of 1st July 1916, approximately 20,000 men horrifyingly lost their lives and their dignity because the stubborn and callous Generals, mainly General Moorland, were inflexible in their battle plans, and led these somewhat brave civilian recruits to their prominent death. ...read more.

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This first phase was to bombard the German trenches with as many bombs as they could muster, as they believed no-one could have survived such a hostile bombardment. This represents another prominent failure because, had the battle been a victory, the Germans would not have caught news of the phases of attack, and would not have been ready in position when the Allied Civilian Recruits were proceeding across No Mans Land, and the Allied Forces would not have been mowed down by excessive machine gun fire. The Somme could also be perceived as a victory to military tactics, weapons and enforcements. It was the battle of the Somme which allowed the motion of letting the Commanding Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers on the ...read more.

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After this battle, tank mechanisms were improved and cloned, and now we use tanks an awful lot in battles and wars! In answer to the question originally posed at the beginning of this essay, I strongly believe, without a doubt, that, although the advances in intelligence were phenomenal, the Battle of the Somme was a bloody and devastating defeat and a public humiliation. I think this because the Generals (known as callous donkeys) were stubborn and unreasonable, and led these innocent men to their deaths. These men died stripped of dignity and mowed down like cattle, with no recognition or sympathy for their wives, children and parents. In essence, the men died for no significant reason, other than to test a failing battle tactic which showed no signs of triumph at any time during the fight. ...read more.

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