©IWM (Q 4499) WWI,13 Nov 1916, Somme, Battle of the Ancre. A Military Policeman with a wounded German prisoner captured at St Pierre Divion. (Detail)

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Field Marshall Douglas Haig rides a horse at an unknown location in France, Feb. 14, 1916. Haig was the British commander-in-chief during the Somme battle.

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

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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.

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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

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(PHOTO: PhotograFix/MediaDrumWorld) Battle Of The Somme Centenary Commemorated With Colourised Images Of Life In The Trenches

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.

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One of the bloodiest battles of World War I. The Battle of Verdun - 976,000 total casualties.

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The Battle of the Somme, 1916 - http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/the-battle-of-the-somme-1916.html

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