Thursday, June 30, 2016

Anniversary of the Somme

Tomorrow, July 1, is the hundredth anniversary of the first day of the battle of the Somme, the costliest (i.e., in terms of casualties) day in the history of the British army.

1 comment:

LFC said...

John Keegan in The First World War (pb. ed., 2000), p.299:
"The Somme marked the end of an age of vital optimism in British life that has never been recovered."

(the endnote references a column of Keegan's in 'The Daily Telegraph' -- June 29, 1996.)