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

Men of the Border Regiment resting in shallow arched dugouts near Thiepval Wood, AugustThe largest operation as yet undertaken by the Reserve Army was planned to be launched simultaneously with the Battle of Morval. These two attacks were based on Haig’s conviction that German reserves were nearly exhausted and that relentless Allied pressure would damage the German Army beyond repair. The capture of the ridge would also, Haig believed, conveniently straighten the overall British line and assist in the general preparation for further offensive operations.


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