The ferocious and bloody battle of the Somme
In 1916 British and Empire troops took the lead in a huge attack on the River Somme. The first troops went over the top in the early morning of 1 July. By evening nearly 20,000 of them lay dead. Over the next five months, British and Empire soldiers fought repeated battles on the Somme. They gained little ground, but the scale and ferocity of their attacks astounded the German Army.