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July 1, 1916. The First Day of the Battle of the Somme. Despite the heavy loss of life and failure to achieve the expected breakthrough, Field Marshal Haig and General Rawlinson deemed the attack a success, so much that the offensive was to continue for a further four months, only ending with the onset of winter. - prisonersofeternity.co.uk

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American WW1 - What could one be glad for in a World War? Probably only those things which war reveals...The good and noble character of persons willing to die/behurt for the sake of saving others.

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WWI. ‘Sammy’, the mascot of the Northumberland Fusiliers, was gassed during the Second Battle of Ypres which began on 22 April 1915.

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Firearm of the Week, The Lee-Enfield Rifle No. 1 Mk III / III* SMLE (Smelly)

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Wild plants take over in a ruined village church at the front, WW1, Battle of the Somme,1916.

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100 years ago, the British Empire was envious of the efficient carrier pigeon networks established by its European rivals - Yet during the WWI, Allied birds outperformed their rivals & saved thousands of lives–all thanks to the efforts of 1 London pigeon fancier.

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Heartbreaking photos of troops on the eve of the Somme 100 years ago

A Boche prisoner, wounded and muddy is led along a railway track as British Army infantrymen return from another push on the battlefield

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