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Battle of the Somme

  important World War I battle (1916); the British and the Germans fought without a clear winner in some of the bloodiest fighting in World War I
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There were two battles of the Somme in the First World War, but when people speak of the Battle of the Somme without qualification, they are referring to the first battle and often to the first day which was the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army. That day there were 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 dead.

Between July 1 and November 18 there were 1.2 million casualties about evenly distributed. The battle was a strategic success for the British in that it pulled German troops from Verdun; though it marked the horrors of modern warfare for the British in a manner similar to the way Verdun did for the French, and Gettysburg did for the United States.

The battle also saw the first use of the modern tank (by the British).
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