A Grim Centenary

July 1 marks the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the Anglo-French attempt at breaking through the German front during the Great War, near the River Somme in France. The offensive lasted until November of 1916, and made no appreciable gains in territory – at a cost of well over one million casualties.

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Depicted is Edward Luytens’s Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, dedicated┬áby the Prince of Wales in 1932.

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