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Why we still don’t understand the Somme

Losses were huge, yet the battle started the process that led to an historic victory for the British

By Robert Fry  

British troops moving up to the attack during the Battle of Morval, 25 September 1916.

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Last week the Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, joined with the Royal British Legion to encourage the nation to mark the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, on 1st July. In addition to formal commemoration in state venues like Westminster…

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