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 Posted: Tue Jul 3rd, 2007 03:00 pm
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Of course the thinking among the high command was that sustained artillery shelling would soften up the positions.  In many cases it didn't even destroy the barbed wire.  Keegan wrote that the British Empire never recovered from the first day at the Battle of the Somme.  The BEF lost 58,000 in the first day, many in the opening moments.  It is a staggering figure upon any analysis.

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