At 7:28am on July 1st, 1916 the Battle of the Somme started with explosion of 17 massive 'mines' underneath enemy territory. Lochnagar was the largest of these. It remains "The largest crater ever made by man in anger". Repined by HistorySimulation.com
This is an illustration of the major battles of WWI. Shown on this image are the Battle of Tannenberg, Battle of Marne, Battle of Ypres (1st), (3rd) Battle of Ypres, Battle of Gallipoli, Battle of Verdun, Battle of the Somme, and the Battle of Caporetto.
July 1, 1916. The First Day of the Battle of the Somme. Despite the heavy loss of life and failure to achieve the expected breakthrough, Field Marshal Haig and General Rawlinson deemed the attack a success, so much that the offensive was to continue for a further four months, only ending with the onset of winter. - prisonersofeternity.co.uk
The Battle of Verdun was one of the most devastating battles in human history and the longest of WWI. Here, for the first time in the world, the flamethrower was used by German troops. As a result of Verdun and Somme, Germany’s military leaders created the strategy of Blitzkreig in WWII.