100th aniversary of Somme
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01-07-2016, 08:43 AM
100th aniversary of Somme
The first day of the Battle of the Somme, in northern
France, was the bloodiest day in the history of the British
Army and one of the most infamous days of World War
One. On 1 July 1916, the British forces suffered 57,470
casualties, including 19,240 fatalities. They gained just
three square miles of territory.


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01-07-2016, 10:24 AM
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whenever im having a bad day or in a shitty mood i often think to myself "at least im not knee deep in mud, shit, rats and corpses getting ready to charge into machine-gun fire." it helps to put shitty situations into perspective, i think.
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01-07-2016, 02:02 PM
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What a colossal waste of lives.

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01-07-2016, 02:31 PM
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(01-07-2016 02:02 PM)Deesse23 Wrote:  What a colossal waste of lives.
It's apt descriprtion of WW I in general.

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01-07-2016, 03:40 PM
RE: 100th aniversary of Somme
(01-07-2016 10:24 AM)Dark Wanderer Wrote:  whenever im having a bad day or in a shitty mood i often think to myself "at least im not knee deep in mud, shit, rats and corpses getting ready to charge into machine-gun fire." it helps to put shitty situations into perspective, i think.

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01-07-2016, 04:10 PM
RE: 100th aniversary of Somme
Something like 1.3 million dead and wounded by the end of the Somme in mid-November 1916. Here's hoping both World Wars taught us a lesson.

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01-07-2016, 07:14 PM
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(01-07-2016 04:10 PM)Shai Hulud Wrote:  Something like 1.3 million dead and wounded by the end of the Somme in mid-November 1916. Here's hoping both World Wars taught us a lesson.

Nah. Pretty much everyone forgot by now. We have short attention spans.
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01-07-2016, 07:24 PM
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(01-07-2016 07:14 PM)Dark Wanderer Wrote:  
(01-07-2016 04:10 PM)Shai Hulud Wrote:  Something like 1.3 million dead and wounded by the end of the Somme in mid-November 1916. Here's hoping both World Wars taught us a lesson.

Nah. Pretty much everyone forgot by now. We have short attention spans.




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01-07-2016, 07:53 PM
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I lost a great uncle at the Somme. He had his head blown clean off by an artillery round. We have a photo of him in his dress uniform.

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01-07-2016, 08:23 PM
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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast has a series about WWI. This is episode four in that series. It includes descriptions of the Somme and Verdun. I learned a lot from the whole series, and I recommend it to anyone who, like me, finds WWI difficult to contextualize or comprehend. Carlin does a good job of turning a nightmare into a story.
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