Today the 1st of July marks the centenary of the start of the battle of the Somme, arguably the bloodiest single battle that has ever been fought, after five months of fighting culminating in a British and French victory over the German Empire, over a million soldiers had died. On the first day alone nearly 20,000 British Soldiers were killed. What did the Anglo-French alliance have to show for the vast losses? They advanced by a paltry 6 miles. It is a tragedy that so many young men had to pay the ultimate price for tensions in Europe. It is particularly important to not only remember those that died in the line of duty but to also consider how lucky we are to have not had a major war in Europe since WW2 and that we should thankful of the close bonds we all have as countries, now more than ever.
I’m sorry for going off on a slight tangent, I was listening to BBC Radio 1 on the way into work and they were talking about it, then there was the two minutes silence and it all got me thinking.
If you don’t know about the Battle Of The Somme, I suggest you Google it, it really was awful.