In one of the most decisive battles of World War One, on June 24, 1916, the Battle of the Somme began. It is remembered as the bloodiest battle in modern history, with over one million casualities claimed by the end of the summer. The purpose of the battle was for the Allied forces to break through a heavily fortified German defense line, stretched out along a 25 mile area, near the Somme River in France. The Allies hoped to divert a number of German forces from the ensuing Battle of Verdun, though both sides were heavily weakened in the process.
Today In History- June 24
Battle of the Somme begins with a week long artillery bombardment on the German Line.
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Battle of Somme weakens German defense on Western Front.
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