The Battle of the Somme

Battle of the Somme Facts

  • Battle Name: Battle of the Somme
  • Battle Start Date: July 1st, 1916
  • Battle End Date: November 18th, 1916
  • Battle Belligerents: German Empire, United Kingdom and French Empire
  • Battle Winner: United Kingdom and rench Empire
  • Total Casualties: 1,000,000+

20 Battle of the Somme Facts for Kids

  1. The Battle of the Somme was a military campaign on the Western Front during World War I.
  2. The Battle of the Somme was fought between the German Empire, the United Kingdom and the French Third Republic.
  3. The Battle of the Somme was fought on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France.
  4. The Battle of the Somme was fought between July 1st, 1916 and November 18th, 1916.
  5. The Battle of the Somme was fought for 4 months, 2 weeks and 3 days.
  6. The Battle of the Somme was fought because the British Empire wanted to aid the French soldiers at Verdun and to weaken the German Army, hopefully hastening a victory for the Entente Powers.
  7. The Battle of the Somme had no clear winner with massive casualties on both sides.
  8. The Battle of the Somme had over one million total casualties.
  9. The Battle of the Somme was one of the deadliest battles of World War 1 and in the history of warfare.
  10. The British Empire started the Battle of Somme with 390,000 troops.
  11. The British Empire troop strength at the Battle of the Somme swelled to over 1.5 million by November 1916.
  12. By the end of the Battle of the Somme, the British Empire had about 420,000 casualties.
  13. The British Empire’s Army had the worst one day casualty count in its history at the Battle of the Somme. On the first day of the battle the British had over 57,000 casualties.
  14. The French Third Republic started the Battle of the Somme with 330,000 troops.
  15. The French Third Republic troop strength at the Battle of the Somme swelled to over to 1.4 million by November 1916.
  16. By the end of the Battle of the Somme, the French Third Republic had about 200,000 casualties.
  17. The German Empire started the Battle of the Somme with 315,000 troops.
  18. The German Empire troop strength at the Battle of the Somme swelled to over 1.5 million by November 1916.
  19. By the end of the Battle of the Somme, the German Empire had over 430,000 casualties.
  20. The largest territorial gains of World War 1 since 1914 were achieved by the British and French forces by the end of the Battle of the Somme. British and French forces penetrated 6 miles into German-occupied territory.

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