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  1. Battle of Somme Taylor Howard

  2. Background • July 1 – November 13, 1916 • German, French, and British • 1,265,000 casualties • Britain’s bloodiest day

  3. Allies attack on 21-mile front north of Somme They tried distracting Germans from Verdun

  4. Pointless slaughter • British introduce tank • Push British line forward • Ineffective and was abandoned

  5. Results • 420,000 British Casualties • 200,000 French Casualties • 500,000 German Casualties • 6-mile British movement

  6. “I Wish I Could Sleep Through the War” by Jo Ann Sohl I wish I could sleep through the war!The pain is so constant, the anger so severe.I just wish I could just sleep through the war.My child, My baby, feels like he has been kidnapped from me.He faces such dangers that none of us sees.My cries, my pleas seem to get me nowhere.I want to yell, “Bring Our Troops Home”If only Mr. Bush hadn’t sent our troops thereIf he only had a child servingThen he would know our pain.I wish I could just sleep through the war.The days go by not a word I hear,My heart is always in fear. A call or a knockcould set off my tears.I wish I could just sleep through the war!

  7. Works Cited • “First Battle of the Somme.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2010. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 09 Dec. 2010 <http://www.britannica. com/EBchecked/topic/554099/First-Battle-of-the -Somme>. • “A Death at the Battle of the Somme, 1916.” EyeWitness to History, <www.eyewitnesstohistory.com(2004)>. • Sohl, Jo Ann. “I Wish I Could Sleep Through the War.” 9 Dec. 2010 <http://www.mfsobergencounty.org/poetry.html>.