The Somme Offensive began on 1st July and continued until 18th November 1916. It took place along a thirty-mile strip around the Somme River. During the offensive the furthest the Allies advanced was 5 miles.
Approximate Casualties – Britain 420,000 (58,000 on the first day) including men from Empire forces.France 200,000 Germany 500,000
The horrific number of casualties, horrendous conditions in the trenches and intense criticism of the Generals’ tactics led to the Somme Offensive being best remembered for epitomising the futility of trench warfare.