THE SOULS OF THE SOMME Die Seelen der Somme / Les âmes de la Somme Skitse/sketch. Mixed media. App: Procreate THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME The Battle of the Somme was one of the costliest battles of the First World War. In the first few hours of the battle the british Fourth Army lost 57,470 casualties, of which 19,240 men were killed, the French Sixth Army had 1,590 casualties and the German 2nd Army had 10,000–12,000 losses. During the battle - between July 1. and mid November - the British and French advanced about 6 miles (9.7 km) on the Somme, at a cost of 419,654 British and 202,567 French casualties, against 465,181 German casualties. During the war, 1.500.000 people from Britain alone lost limbs, were disfigured or blinded, became deaf or suffered severe mental trauma or brain damage. The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was over 37 million. There were over 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history.
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