Battle on the Somme in History

Historical Events

  • 1916-07-01 First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its worst day, losing 19,240 men (WWI)
  • 1916-09-15 First use of tanks in warfare, "Little Willies" at Battle of Flers-Courcelette, part of the Battle of the Somme

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1916-10-05 Adolf Hitler is wounded in the left thigh by an exploding shell during the Battle of the Somme

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1916-11-18 General Douglas Haig finally calls off 1st Battle of the Somme (WWI) - over 1 million killed or wounded
  • 1918-03-21 -28] During WW I Germany launches Somme offensive
  • 1918-03-23 German forces advance 14 miles to the Somme River (WW1)

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1918-04-21 World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen "The Red Baron", shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France, Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown credited with the kill

World War I Fighter Ace The Red Baron
World War I Fighter Ace
The Red Baron

Famous Birthdays

  • 1875-08-26 John Buchan, Scotland, Gov-Gen of Canada/writer (Battle of Somme)