After an incredible yet lifeless bombardment, at 7.30 am. On 1 July 1916 the British military went excessive and attacked the German trenches. It was once the 1st day of the conflict of the Somme, and on that day the British suffered approximately 60,000 casualties, for each backyard in their entrance. With greater than fifty instances the day-by-day losses at El Alamein and fifteen occasions the British casualties on D-day, 1 July 1916 used to be the blackest day within the background of the British military. yet, greater than that, as Lloyd George known, it was once a watershed within the heritage of the 1st international battle. the military that attacked on that day used to be the volunteer military that had spoke back Kitchener's name. It had long gone into motion convinced of a decisive victory. yet by way of sundown at the first day at the Somme, not anyone may perhaps any more think about a struggle that would be gained.
Martin Middlebrook's study has coated not only legit and regimental histories and excursions of the battlefields, yet interviews with 1000s of survivors, either British and German. As to the motion itself, he conveys the general strategic view and the terrifying truth that it was once for front-line infantrymen.