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FRANCE 24: Our forefathers who fought at the Battle of the Somme


A century after British and French armies launched their offensive against German forces at the Somme, FRANCE 24’s staff recall their ancestors’ role in the deadliest battle of World War I.


On July 1, 1916, the British and French armies launched a major offensive against German lines in the Somme region of northern France. Over the ensuing five months, a brutal battle of attrition left more than one million people of all nationalities dead, wounded or missing. To mark the centenary of the Great War's deadliest battle, FRANCE 24 asked staff members to retell their ancestors' role in those fateful events.

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