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141 Days: The Battle of the Somme

The Battle's Over - The War Continues

By the 18th November the Battle of the Somme drew to a close without ceremony. A sudden drop in temperature froze the chalky mud into a petrified ocean. The great victory had never come. The 141 days had seen a gain of land 24 miles in length and 7 miles at its widest point and of no strategic value. There had been a terrible toll for this small gain. Total casualties were 419,654 British and 204, 253 French and an estimated 450,000 Germans.

With no great victory in the Somme, the First World War was destined to continue, for two more years.

 

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