The Somme Offensive began in the midsummer sun of 1 July 1916 and lasted until the first snow of winter on 18 November: a total of 141 Days.
Each day is an opportunity to explore the Somme battlefields, and to discover the hundreds of CWGC cemeteries and memorials which are scattered across this evocative landscape.
This online visitor's guide suggests sites to visit each day, and provides a snapshot of the fighting and its casualties. Even if you can't visit the graves, you can find information here about who fought and died, and where they are commemorated on the battlefields today.
Join us in paying tribute to those who fought and died on each day of the Somme offensive, exactly one hundred years on.
About this Guide
For each date, you will see the total number of servicemen who died on this day in 1916 and are commemorated in France. The majority of these deaths were associated with the Battle of the Somme.
Every day, a large number are 'Missing' and have no known grave: their remains were never found, or could not be identified and were buried beneath a headstone marked 'Known Unto God.' Their names are inscribed on memorials such as the Thiepval Memorial, the Villers-Brettoneux Memorial or the Vimy Memorial.
The cemeteries and memorials included here are a selection of suggested visits, based on some of the most significant fighting on each day of the battle. Click on each of the site pins on the map below for more information about what to look for.
Includes Figures compiled on 29/3/16