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The Battle of the Somme lasted from July 1916 to November 1916 It was easily one of the worst battles ever fought This battle took place at the Somme Riverwhich runs through Europe The opposing armies fought in a line of trenches over 960 Kilometers long The trenches stretched from the Belgian Coast to the Frontiers of Switzerland Although trench warfare was looked highly upon both sides still relied on heavy infantry attacks Many men were killed between the two opponents areas of territory known as No mans land Later into the battle allied forces decided to attack the Western Easternand Italian fronts all at the same time and the western region of the Somme was chosen for a French and British assault These plans were destroyed by the German Supreme Commander He seized control of the city Verdun with heavy artillery and infantry The German Commander hoped that the French would try to regain control of the city so that he could kill all of their men and as he said Bleed France to death and For the next few months both sides still battled and lost many battle in doing so The fighting kept going until British Commander Sir Douglas Haig told French armies to ease off of Verdun The new British commander was planning to invade and destroy the enemy lines with a lot more men and a lot more weapons He was confident that this plan would eliminate the entire enemy line and clear a path to new territory When the time finally came one hundred thousand men came out of their trenches and stood shoulder to shoulder with their companionswith more the 20 kilograms of equipment straight through No mans land and right up to the German guns and infantry St Johns Road was the trench were all the men were positioned The soldiers had to run 230 kilometers just to reach their own front line As they made
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