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Trench Warfare at its worst - Battle of Somme 1916

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Uploaded on Feb 13, 2012

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Perhaps the most realistic montage of what trench war looked like in the First World War. This is a glimpse of a French attack near the Somme in 1916. An example of tactics being surpassed by technology. A horrific price to pay. At first glance, the reaction is what madness and stupidity. It is hard to not to come to such a conclusion, however, I am hard pressed to think of what could have been done differently at that time. Winston Churchill's attempt to go through Gallipoli had already failed, in addition to attempts to breakout through the Balkans, Greece, Mesopotamia, Italy and the Middle East. The war would be won or lost on the Western Front, and the problem was how to break through that network of trenches... which would not happen until the German Army was worn-down through attrition in late 1918. BUT - they did not quit the war! Some uniformed folks write off the Germa nArmy in October/NOV 1918 as ready to quit the war - the ywere not. T oillustrate this point - consider the last 11 hours of the war - where nearly 11,000 French, American and UK soldiers were killed by the Germans - 2,000 more men than we lost the entire 24 hour period following the D-Day landings on Normandy on 6 June 1944.

The French were at the Somme and attacked with eleven divisions in the initial assault - (the had 13). The French performed better and gained/held more land than their UK allies. The reason why the French are over-looked, is because Verdun was their main-effort for the year - that is not only blunting the Germans, but then retaking all that was lost, including Fort Douaumont. So, yes - more than 100,000 French soldiers fought at the Battle of the Somme as this video illustrates accurately.

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