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Why did British fail to achieve their objectives in the battle of the somme?

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First of all I'll tell you the first bit of why the British failed to achieve their objectives in the battle of the some it change the state of war and the British learnt there lesion and also broke the stale mate. The British plan did not quiet go so well. This is because they had failed to break the German line the brutish bombard the German trenches. For a number of months the French had been taking severe losses at Verdun to the east of Paris. To relieve the French the allied high command decided to attack the Germans to the north of Verdun they're fore requiring the French. The leader of the French army general Foch believed that the attack in the Somme would achieve little. ...read more.

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Soon the German artillery joined in. Some of the attacking troops never made it out of the trenches. The 1st Lancashire Fusiliers were shot to pieces half way to the German line. Few people made it to the barbed wire and the German front line. The British had lost 60,000 men on the first day. This makes the event the costliest day in British military history. Some of the German positions were taken but were not held and advance was therefore difficult the English also used the tank for the first time but the only trouble with the tank was it was too slow and got stuck in the mud easy but the scared the Germans and it was used to attack the trench's and it also could take a lot damage. ...read more.

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the solders got back from the field at night but many died from bleeding too much.1000 men a week died from influenza and frostbite they needed morphine to easy the pain. The attack was called off in November. The result and consequences of this battle for both sides were good and bad. The Germans lost 680,000 men but they kept hold on to the high grounds and the Germans were demoralised and could not defeat the French at the battle of Verdun. Where as the British lost 620,000 men. And that's a terrible cost for 10km reached. Some blamed generals but was there an alternative. No the generals should not get the blame for this as they did not know the Germans know there was an attack about to happen and they was just doing there job. ...read more.

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