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A century has passed since the start of the largest and bloodiest battle of the First World War.

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    1. The Battle of the Somme

    2. German detainees convey a stretcher amid the Battle of the Somme. This week points the 100th commemoration of the main Battle of the Somme - one of the bloodiest fights ever, which guaranteed 1,250,000 losses amongst July and November 1916. Library and Archives Canada/Handout by means of REUTERS

    3. Shrapnel blasts over a store trench above Canadian lines amid the Battle of the Somme, in France, 1916. W.I. Château/Library and Archives Canada/Handout through REUTERS

    4. Two gas shells blast close Canadian lines amid the Battle of the Somme, France, October, 1916. Library and Archives Canada/Handout by means of REUTERS

    5. A gunnery officer composes a Christmas message on a Canadian substantial howitzer amid the Battle of the Somme, in France, November 1916. Library and Archives Canada/Handout by means of REUTERS

    6. Dead German troopers lie after a Canadian charge amid the Battle of the Somme, France, in 1916. W.I. Château/Library and Archives Canada/Handout by means of REUTERS

    7. Wounded are wearing a trench amid the Courcelette operation of the Battle of the Somme, September 1916. William Ivor Castle/Handout by means of REUTERS

    8. Canadian fighters leave the trenches amid the Battle of the Somme, 1916. W.I. Mansion/Library and Archives Canada/Handout through REUTERS

    9. Canadian stretcher bearers convey the dead from a front line amid the Battle of the Somme, July,1916. Henry Edward Knobel/Library and Archives Canada/Handout by means of REUTERS

    10. Soldiers are overshadowed by a shell pit on one of the streets to Bapaume amid the Battle of the Somme, October 1916. Library and Archives Canada/Handout by means of REUTERS

    11. Canadians return triumphant conveying war trophies from Courcelette amid the Battle of the Somme, September 1916. Library and Archives Canada/Handout by means of REUTERS

    12. Dead German fighters lie in their trenches which were destroyed amid the Battle of the Somme, July, 1916. Library and Archives Canada/Handout by means of REUTERS

    13. German fighters' graves at Thiescourt on the Somme bleeding edge in France. REUTERS/Collection Odette Carrez

    14. German fighters caught by Canadians amid the Battle of the Somme, October, 1916. Library and Archives Canada/Handout by means of REUTERS

    15. French fighters of the 67th Infantry Regiment on the Somme front, northern France, 1916. REUTERS/Collection Odette Carrez

    16. Canadian warriors come back from trenches amid the Battle of the Somme, 1916. Library and Archives Canada/Handout by means of REUTERS

    17. Official Canadian war picture takers and cinematographers watch a barrage of German positions on the Somme in 1916. Filer notes add that they seem, by all accounts, to be utilizing a Moy & Bastie cine camera (on tripod), and probably utilizing a Goerz camera fitted with a Zeiss lens. Library and Archives Canada/Handout through REUTERS

    18. French warriors remaining in a trench in southern Thiepval, on the Somme front, northern France. REUTERS/Collection Odette Carrez

    19. Cyclists of the second Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force posture at Scottish Lines close Poperinghe, not a long way from Ypres, France, June 1916. This photograph was taken out in Rest Billets subsequent to battling at Sanctuary Woods, Maple Copse (Battles of the Somme). Henry Edward Knobel/Library and Archives Canada/Handout through REUTERS

    20. British fighters remaining close to their automatic weapons on the Somme front, northern France. REUTERS/Collection Odette Carrez

    21. Peasants in the re-taken Somme District work in the fields, around 1916-1917. REUTERS/Library of Congress