On July 1, 1916, at 7:20 am, the offensive was launched, 100,000 inexperienced British soldiers (the battalions of “Pals” – “battalions de copains”) loaded with 30 kg of packet, By German machine guns. On the evening of July 1, 60,000 British are hors de combat, 20,000 of them are killed, 40,000 are wounded or taken prisoner. German losses represent about 1 / 10th of this figure. The first day of the Battle of the Somme is a failure, a disaster for the British Army which will call this day the 1st July 1916, the bloodiest day of its military history, the bloodiest day of the British army.
Somme Battlefields and Rose of Picardy
A chapter of History about Somme and Human memories !
Camping Clos Cacheleux is member of the Somme Battlefields Memories. All our grant fathers were here in Somme. They keep in them bodies the History of the Wolrd War. We help family to discover them history and discover the graves, the informations.
The Battle of the Somme caused the British 420,000 casualties (dead, wounded, disappeared or taken prisoner).