The Battle of Somme By Michael Alexander
Basic Information • Date: July 1 – November 13, 1916 • Location: Somme River, France • Result: German Army Withdraws
Interesting Facts • On September 15, the British debuted what they hoped would help them win, the tank
Interesting Facts Cont. • During the battle, New Zealand's artillery fired over 500,000 shells at the Germans
Causalities • U.K. 350,000+ • Canada 24,029 • Australia 23,000 • New Zealand 7,408 • South Africa 3,000+ • Newfoundland 2,000+ • British 419,654 95,675 • French 204,253 50,756 • Total Allied 623,907 • Germany 465,000
Conclusion • Neither side really had a victory, but both left with high causalities
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Anti-War Song: Hero of War • He said, "Son, Have you see the world?Well, what would you sayIf I said that you could?Just carry this gun and you'll even get paid."I said, "That sounds pretty good."Black leather bootsSpit-shined so brightThey cut off my hair but it looked alrightWe marched and we sangWe all became friendsAs we learned how to fightA hero of warYeah that's what I'll beAnd when I come homeThey'll be damn proud of meI'll carry this flagTo the grave if I mustBecause it's flag that I loveAnd a flag that I trust • I kicked in the doorI yelled my commandsThe children, they criedBut I got my manWe took him awayA bag over his faceFrom his family and his friendsThey took off his clothesThey pissed in his handsI told them to stopBut then I joined inWe beat him with gunsAnd batons not just onceBut again and againA hero of warYeah that's what I'll beAnd when I come homeThey'll be damn proud of meI'll carry this flagTo the grave if I mustBecause it's flag that I loveAnd a flag that I trust • She walked through bullets and hazeI asked her to stopI begged her to stayBut she pressed onSo I lifted my gunAnd I fired awayAnd the shells jumped through the smokeAnd into the sandThat the blood now had soakedShe collapsed with a flag in her handA flag white as snowA hero of warIs that what they seeJust medals and scarsSo damn proud of meAnd I brought home that flagNow it gathers dustBut it's a flag that I loveIt's the only flag I trustHe said, "Son, have you seen the world? Well what would you say, if I said that you could?"