The Battle of the Somme - The 12 Battles of the Somme (1 July - 18 November, 1916) - CWGC

British casualties for 1 July 1916:Stretcher bearers tending wounded men in the 29 Division area on the morning of 1 July

Officers killed: 993

Other Ranks killed: 18,247

Total killed: 19,240

Total casualties (killed wounded and missing): 57,470

In popular imagination the title 'Battle of the Somme' has become a byword for military disaster which in part stems from the cultural impact of its calamitous opening 24 hours in which the British Army suffered its highest number of casualties in a single day. The loss of great numbers of men from the same communities had a profound social impact on the home front.


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