At 7:30 a.m. on July 1, 1916, shrill trench whistles sounded across the countryside surrounding the Somme River northeast of Paris, and approximately 100,000 British soldiers poured over the tops of their trenches in a massive offensive against German forces. Told by some officers that they might not encounter a German alive following a week-long bombardment of the enemy, British forces instead charged into a slaughter as German machine guns mowed them down as they attempted to cross the desolate no-man’s-land. Explore 10 surprising facts about one of the bloodiest battles in world history.
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