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The Western Front, 1914-18. Historical map.

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Battle of the Somme, British objectives, 1 July 1916. The Somme operation demanded logistical preparation which dwarfed anything previously attempted by the BEF. Hunderds of thousands of men and horses had to be moved up to the front; millions of shells brought forward, millions upon millions of tons of food and stores provided; road and rail links greatly improved, trenches dug, tunnels carved and huge explosive mines laid ready under German strongpoints, while under fire. weaponsandwarfare...

‘Battle Of The Somme, Attack of the Ulster Division’, by artist J.P. Beadle. British objectives, 1 July 1916. The sheer size of the commitment demanded by the Battle of Verdun soon dera…

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Supporting troops of the British XIV Corps,5th Division, scramble out of their trenches to go forward near Ginchy,during the battle of Morval, Somme, 25 September 1916. The Battle of Morval, was an attack during the Battle of the Somme by the British Fourth Army on the villages of Morval, Gueudecourt and Lesbœufs held by the German 1st Army. Photo source : IWM (Q 1309) - Lt. Ernest Brooks

Supporting troops of the British XIV Corps,5th Division, scramble out of their trenches to go forward near Ginchy,during the battle of Morval, Somme, 25 September 1916. The Battle of Morval, was an attack during the Battle of the Somme by the British Fourth Army on the villages of Morval, Gueudecourt and Lesbœufs held by the German 1st Army. Photo source : IWM (Q 1309) - Lt. Ernest Brooks

Artefacts: German soldiers sent pictures like this one as postcards from the front line. This man sits next to this ammunition from 1916

Bob Smethurst, from Sussex, spent 36 years working in refuse and began saving the remarkable images from landfill because he could not bear to see them destroyed.

bmashina: “One of the first Mark I tanks during loading on the railway platform. The inscription in Cyrillic “CAUTION, PETROGRAD B”, plotted in order of misinformation. ”

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Image of the 20th Deccan Horse, part of the 2nd Indian Cavalry Division, in…

Thousands of soldiers from Britain's Empire and Commonwealth countries fought and died in WW1. Find out what troops from Newfoundland, India, the West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, South African and Canada did during the Battle of the Somme.

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