The Somme is one of the best-known battles in history. It was fought during World War One and was one of that war’s bloodiest battles. At the battle, the Anglo-French armies attacked the German lines. After some fierce fighting, the British with the help of the French did manage to push back the Germans and seized some strategic ground. However, the casualties were huge and many viewed the battle as unnecessary and even a failure. Many historians argue that the battle inflicted heavy losses on the Germans and in the long-run this forced them to surrender.
1. The first day of the battle cost the British army alone almost 60,00 casualties. The Germans and the French also suffered many casualties.