On this day: Images from the Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles in recorded history, was fought between July and November, 1916 as part of the First World War. The armies of Britain, France, and their empires fought the German Empire.

These images by famed British war photographer Ernest Brooks are dated the 10th of August.

King George V inspecting a German dug-out near Fricourt, 10th August 1916.

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The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Q970King George V inspecting a German dug-out near Fricourt, 10th August 1916.

Captured 15 cm (150 mm) Ringkanone 92 German gun near Mametz Wood, 10th August 1916.

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German observation post in Trones Wood.

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The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Q862German observation post in Trones Wood, 10th August 1916. The Battle of the Somme. Ernest Brooks.

The Royal cars passing through a village on the journey from Chateau Bryas to Franvillers, passing a battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment on the march.

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The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Q952The Royal cars pass through a village from Chateau Bryas to Franvillers, passing a battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment on the march,

On this day: the Battle of the Somme

Wounded British soldiers come in from the advanced dressing station at Bernafay Wood on the 19th of July 1916. The photograph was taken by Ernest Brooks, the British military’s first-ever official war photographer.

The Battle of the Somme ran from July to November of 1916 and claimed well over a million lives, making it one of the worst battles in the history of war.

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Q811Wounded soldiers coming in from the advanced dressing station at Bernafay Wood, 19th July 1916.

On this day: the conclusion of the Battle of the Ancre

Part of the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of the Ancre was fought in France between the 13th and 18th of November, 1916, between combined British and French forces and the German Empire.

The battle resulted in a British victory and German defeat.

 Field kitchen of the 2nd Battalion of the Manchester Regiment on a water-logged site. X

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Battle of the Ancre. Field kitchen of the 2nd Battalion of the Manchester Regiment on water-logged site. Near St.Pierre Divion, November1916.

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The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Battle of the Ancre. Water refilling point. The Ancre River, showing the causeway of the Mill Road, across it. Hamel-St. Divion road, November

 A Royal Flying Corps working party in a mine crater at Beaumont Hamel, captured in the battle. 13th November. X

Beaumont_Hamel_mine_crater_Nov_1916_IWM_Q_2006 A Royal Flying Corps working party in a mine crater at Beaumont Hamel, captured in the Battle of the Ancre, 13th November 1916.

A British Army Chaplain helps a wounded German prisoner on the first day of the battle. X

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Battle of the Ancre. An Army Chaplain of the Army Chaplains' Department helping along a wounded German prisoner taken on the 13th of November

On this day: British troops prepare for battle

This photograph, dated the 17th of July, 1916 show British troops digging themselves in on the last day of the Battle of Bazentin Ridge.

Part of the larger Battle of the Somme, Bazentin Ridge – in France – began on the 14th and resulted in a British victory over the German Empire.

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Q3980 Battle of Bazentin Ridge. British troops digging themselves in by using entrenching tools, Mametz Wood, 17th July 1916.

Waiting for Battle

A British sentry is photographed here in the lead-up to the Battle of the Somme. Seen on the 28th of June, 1916 – three days before the months-long battle began – he watches from outside Café Jordan, Mailly Maillet, France.

The photographer was Ernest Brooks, a Englishman most famous for his work in the First World War.

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Q720 A British mounted sentry outside Cafe Jordan, Mailly Maillet, 28th June 1916. The Battle of the SOmme.

On this day: Preparations for Battle

This image is of the British Army preparing mortar ammunition in Acheux, France for the infamous Battle of the Somme in the First World War. The image is dated the 28th of June, 1916, while the battle began on the 1st of July, resulting in over a million casualties (about one third of the soldiers who fought).

The battle concluded on the 18th of November.

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Q749 The Battle of the Somme Trench mortar ammunition behind the lines. Acheux, 28th June 1916.

July 1916: British soldiers on the Western Front

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Q130Battle of Albert. Officers and men of the 10th Battalion, Notts. and Derby Regiment with wearing captured German helmets; the dog was foun

British soldiers pose for a photograph after the Battle of Albert, part of the opening phase of the infamous First World War Battle of the Somme, in July of 1916. The men wear helmets they captured from the Germans, and sit with a dog they found in a dugout.

From the collection of the Imperial War Museum.

Christmas on the Western Front

British troops eat Christmas dinner in a shell hole in Beaumont Hamel, France on the 25th of December, 1916. The commune was almost completely destroyed during the Battle of the Somme that took place that year.

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Christmas_on_the_Western_Front,_1914-1918_Q1630British troops eating their Christmas dinner in a shell hole, Beaumont Hamel, 25th December 1916. First World War One

A Wartime Christmas

December 1916. First World War: Injured soldiers celebrate Christmas in the 3rd Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, England. Sheffield was bombed by a German zeppelin during the war, and soldiers from the region suffered heavy casualties in the Battle of the Somme.

Christmas_at_the_3rd_Northern_General_Hospital,_Sheffield,_1916_(9490957023) Christmas at the 3rd Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, England 1916. First World War One.

 

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On this day: Australian troops in France

Troops of the Australian 7th Brigade (Australian 2nd Division) pass the former German bunker known as “Gibraltar” in Pozières, France on the 28th of August, 1916.

The Battle of Pozières was part of the larger Battle of the Somme, which claimed around a million casualties. Pozières marked a victory against the German Empire for Australia, with the help of British troops. First World War.

From the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Gibraltar_bunker_Pozieres_(AWM_EZ0098)Australian 7th Brigade (Australian 2nd Division) pass former German bunker known as Gibraltar western end of Pozières 28 August 1916 during the Bat