Somme 1916 battle story andrew robertshaw on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers one of the bloodiest battles in military history what happened and why the battle of the somme raged from july 1 to november 18. The battle of the somme french bataille de la somme german schlacht an der somme also known as the somme offensive was a battle of the first world war fought by the armies of the british empire and france against the german empireit took place between 1 july and 18 november 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the river somme in france the battle was intended to hasten a victory . The battle of the somme was one of the costliest engagements of the first world war in the summer of 1916 the line of trenches demarcating the western front stretched from the english channel across the length of france to the swiss border at verdun near the middle of this line french and german . The battle of the somme also known as the somme offensive was one of the largest battles of the first world war fought between july 1 and november 1 1916 near the somme river in france it was also one of the bloodiest military battles in history on the first day alone the british suffered . This is the story of the first day of the somme offensive the worst single day in british military history battle of the somme 1916 epic history tv part of a doomed attempt to break the deadlock of trench warfare but behind the myths lies the story of a meticulously planned battle fought against a determined and
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