July 1-November 18, 1916 – In an effort to relieve pressure on the beleaguered French army and to force an end to the stalemate on the Western Front, British and French troops launch one of the largest offensives in history.
The opening day of the Battle of the Somme is a disaster, with British troops advancing in broad daylight into withering German fire. More than 60,000 British troops are killed or wounded on the first day, the worst day in the history of the British army.
The Battle of the Somme is ultimately a success for the Allies, but more than a million men have been killed or wounded on both sides.
Visit the Somme on our Anzac Day on the Western Front tour (2019), Western Front Explorer tour, Western Front Flexi Tour or Western Front Walking Tour. We also have a range of Centenary Tours commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War.