One Day Guided Tours To Somme
ONE DAY TRIP TO THE SOMME
On July 1st 1916, the British and Empire forces launched a mass offensive against German trench positions. Formerly a quite sector on the Western Front, this area was shelled for 7 days in total and became the scene of one of the biggest battles in History. By the end of the first day of fighting, the official allied death toll was 19,240, with 57,470 casualties. It was the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army. The agony of the Somme dragged on for 4 months and casualties rose to 419,654 for the Empire troops, 204,253 French and 434.515 German soldiers.The dead and missing tolls were over 210,00. Casualties numbered over a million collectively.
Why were so many killed on the first day and what lessons were learned?
Who were the Pals battalions who fought here?
What was gained and what was lost?
Why did the battle carry on for four month?
Come and find out the answers to these and other key questions about one of the most famous battles in British History.You will be moved by the tragedy of the situation from which there was little chance of escape for the young men of those times. Once you had volunteered to join up, you were in for the duration, unless death or a bad wound removed you from the fray. The volunteers had no idea what they had signed up for. Once they knew, there was no chance of escape.