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Why did Haig decide to fight the battle of the Somme ?

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The battle of the Somme began on the 1st July 1916 at 7:30 am in the morning and lasted until November 1916.the plan was to advance 9km stretch of German trenches. Which suffered the worst ever casualties in history, well over 600,000 killed missing or wounded. Britain was ready to attack at the battle of the Somme because lord Kitchener the minister of war foresaw that the war would not soon end so he would build a new 'new army', which was made up of civilians volunteers from all over Britain 1,200,000 men enlisted. They had 2,000 guns, 3 million rounds of ammo, land mines and shells, which they used in the bombardment. ...read more.


The casualties were even worse then verdum.haig launched an attack in 1916 with all the solders and all the weapons he was given. Over two million shells were fired over the German trenches in five days, but at least one third of these shells failed to explode. The bombardment had not killed the German solders like the British had thought they had been sheltering in very deep and well built dug outs and tunnels and to make matters worse the sharped had failed to break the German wire. So when the men went over the top walking into no man's land they got shot down by the German machine guns, the British thought the stalement was at an end through the amount of ...read more.


The great advances had strained supply lines and the morale of the troops was lowered. By mid July the German army was in retreat. On 8 August the Battle for Amiens (also known as the Third Battle of the Somme) commenced when a combined Australian, British and Canadian forced attacked the Germans eastwards from Villers-Bretonneux. The offensive broke the German line so thoroughly that most of their field artillery was overrun and captured. The battle goes down in history for the highest number of innocent solders killed in a day. Haig claimed the battle of the Somme as a victory but the many historicizes have disagreed yes it did relive the French at Verdun but at the high cost of innocent solders lives. ...read more.

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