One hundred years ago today hundreds of thousands of men would be getting ready for what would be the greatest battle of WW1 , The great war to end
all wars they called it at the time It was also one of the bloodiest battles of the war, or of any war before or since. An estimated 1,000,000 men
were killed or wounded, including about 485,000 British and French troops. The battle raged from the 1st July to 18th November 1916 on the banks of
the Somme River,
Before the battle started, the British fired over 1,700,000 shells at the German soldiers, although many did not explode, or missed the targets
completely. And the age of the machine began with the first Tanks being used in warfare and poisonus mustard gas floating over the battle field
killing both men and horses on either side depending on what way the wind blew .
The rats were said to be as big as cats and feasted on the food tins and fleash of the dead or dying soldiers , It is recorded that men unable to move
or defend themselves due to injury were eaten alive by rats in the trenches , shell holes or on no mans land .
British and French at the end of this battle had advanced just 6 miles the Allies lost around 89,000 men per mile of territory gained ,
with both sides bogged down in the mud unable to move any further and men either drowning in shell holes or being up to their necks in water on a
battle field , this brought a end to the carnage of destruction and waste , some small villages were to loose a large percentage of their men folk ,
some areas never recovered from this even 100 years later .
All this was relayed to me first hand as a young boy from a survivor of the Somme , A old gentleman of my family who had fought in the Boer war and
WW1 and shaken his walking stick at the Doodle bugs of WW2 as they flew over head to London .
This thread is in honour of that man for the horror he saw and went through and the nightmares he had right into his 98th year of life , Old Pop as
we called him worked until he was 90 years old and then came to live with my family , his mind went after a few years and he told a very young boy
stories of war that should have been saved for the older men .
To all the cannon fodder of that battle , Lions led by lambs , You are not forgotten
edit on 30/6/2016 by stonerwilliam because: (no reason given)