The Greatest Battle Of The Great War

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The Greatest Battle Of The Great War


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The Greatest Battle of the Great War


Experiences of Trench Warfare

Supplies and Necessities•For British, would mean bringing supplies into area, then continuing to supply, some 400,000 men and 100,000 horses and all supplies. For doing so, Joffre could not have chosen a worse place.•Critical logistical factor- railways, British Army has to expand the railway system to transport enough supplies.Necessities- •Water- no surface water near or on the battlefield, •Bore-holes had to be sunk and miles of pipeline and pumps laid, •Water for washing was bare minimum.•Shelter- Behind lines, tens of thousands of tents and huts had to beprovided and erected. •Capacity provided was for "close billeting"; that is, providing a 6 by 2 feet space for each man.•Supply of weapons- large number of artillery ammunition dumps had to be created•Largest at railheads, where boxed ammunition was offloaded from the incoming trains.

Battle of the Somme

July 1-18 November 1916.Happened during the four wettest years in history which resulted in foot rot.58,000 British troops parish on the first day. Fighting still goes on for 6 months making this the lengthiest and bloodiest battle in WWI.

"The trench was a horrible sight. The dead were stretched out on one side, one on top of each other six feet high. I thought at the time I should never get the peculiar disgusting smell of the vapour of warm human blood heated by the sun out of my nostrils. I would rather have smelt gas a hundred times. I can never describe that faint sickening, horrible smell which several times nearly knocked me up altogether."-British Captain Leeham, talking about the first day of the Battle of the Somme, in 'Tommy Goes to War

This battle accomplished nothing except the lost of millions of lives for 5 miles of land. This battle is the symbol of the futility of war.


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