1. World War One
1.5 Battle Of The Somme
The first day of the Battle of the Somme, in 1916, saw the deaths of more than 19,000 British troops in what is still the largest loss the British Army has experienced in one day. This video tackles the sombre topic of the battle and asks, what went so badly wrong?
This lesson contains:
- An overview of the Battle of the Somme, with a specific focus on the first day of battle and what happened to cause such a high death toll.
- A study of what went wrong on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, who was to blame, and an analysis of the leading officer, General Douglas Haig.
- A look at how different interpretations and conclusions have been reached about the historic first day of the Battle of the Somme.