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The Final Outcome…”The Battle of the Somme”
 
The “Battle of the Somme” lasted 141 days of merciless slaughter and killing, it would also add its own terrible chapter of destruction and horror to the annals of British warfare.
Historians cannot agree in trying to calculate the total losses of how many in fact were killed...
 
So these are estimated figures, none-the-less these figures are not far from the agreed total.
 
The phenomenal losses involved were unbelievable, and staggering.
 
The British losses estimated a total of……400, 000…killed.
 
The French losses estimated a total of…..194, 000…killed.
 
German losses estimated a total of……….600, 000…killed
 
Again it is estimated that the total losses for the French, British and Commonwealth and Allied soldiers from across the world, Belgian and German Armies, came to well over a total of …1, 200, 000 million, young men and boys in total were killed, wounded, and missing, when the final battles fizzled out, in November of 1916.
 
As December 1916 approached, winter came with a vengeance to all those holding out in the trenches of France and Belgium, it would be the coldest winter on record, with great falls on snow and freezing temperatures…Due to the bitter cold and the poor clothing supplied many soldiers froze to death in the trenches.
The last note to add to this was that General Haig’s Officers pointed out that…
“Although no breakthrough of any great significance was achieved, we have done lasting harm to the German Army”.
 
Field Marshal Eric von Ludendorff acknowledged that the Germany Army “was completely exhausted”.
Thus the terrible slaughter of “The Battle of the Somme” had ended.
 
The Generals of all the opposing forces would still not yield to defeat, they adamantly refused all and any compromise to accept defeat or any recognition of it, but continued in the “Bloodletting” of millions of brave young men from every corner of the earth…The blood would drain from their young bodies into the earth where they lay, a final resting place for each and every one…!
The terrible slaughter of the French Army at Verdun during the same period, but ending on December 15th 1916, was also unbelievable in the final statistics, a colossal…362,000 killed…with thousands upon thousands being maimed and disfigured.
The German losses were nearly as many, with roughly over 350, 000 lost and killed.
 
Over 700, 000 men on both sides were killed or missing during the 5 months of this one battle
   
Langemark German Cemetery...under the shrubs One of hundreds of Cemeteries on the Somme in the foreground is a mass grave for over 24, 800
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It can be calculated that in the five months of fighting on the two major battle fronts at the Somme and Verdun, that the unimaginable and horrendous casualty list of nearly 2, 000, 000…British, French, Belgian and German soldiers had been killed, wounded, and were missing.
This so called “Victory” they desperately desired had certainly not been won and was even further from their grasp, it had brought nothing but these catastrophic figures to haunt mankind in the coming years,
 
 
 
   
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