Military And Tactical Development Impacts Of The Battle Of The Somme

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Over the last century, since it happened on the 1st July 1916, the Battle of the Somme has been viewed and qualified as one of the most significant battles in history. It was the first major offensive of the war against the main enemy, the Germans, in which British troops played the leading part. Many different historians in different times have almost opposite opinions/facts about what happened. However, they all agree on one thing: it’s significance. Whether it was due to failures, successes, seen as a ‘sheer bloody murder’ or a big advance in technology at the time, one thing can be fully confirmed: it was not ‘just another battle’. The impacts on the military and tactical development aspects of the battle clearly show that its significance …show more content…
Whole communities suffered and were plunged into mourning. As the recent news filtered home, families, factories and sports clubs felt more and more bereft. Geoffrey Malins’s footage from War Office camera crews was a sensation because it showed people the reality of war. An estimated 1 million people saw the film in its first week in the cinemas, and perhaps 20 million within six weeks. This suggests that citizens were willing to become more aware and informed about what was going on in the war. Some of the dead people involved were quite important, such as Asquith’s gilded son from his first marriage, Raymond. Losses such as these had great impacts on the politics and other aspects. Yet there was a more significant change: Prime Minister Asquith was replaced by Lloyd George in December 1916. Families suffered greatly due to their losses. However, the German people also had significant blows. The military age to attend the war changed from 19-39 year olds to 17-60 year olds. This clearly was a fatal blow for all families, and showed their country that the war was not in their favour, as the decisions taken were desperate. Britain at least had the Empire to draw reinforcements …show more content…
With a shockingly large number of losses and quite the amount of failures and lessons learnt, it has become a historic event of wide significance. The military successes and failures (specially on the first day of the battle) had a great impact on the battlefield and away in the home front both on the short and long term. People on the home front suffered effects such as shell shock, which was considered by many as ‘torture’ and would have preferably died. Tactical developments also had significance as with every failure or success new lessons were learnt and progress made. This led to a stronger army overall helping defeat the German Empire in the end and making the Battle of the Somme one of the most significant battles in

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