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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    90 years ago on the 1st of July 1916, the first Battle of the Somme began. The battle itself was supposed to have started on the 29th of June 1916 but rain forced a delay on the battle and it began instead on the 1st of July

    Weather chart for 1st of July 1916

    http://www.wetterzentrale.de/archive/slp/1...slp19160701.gif

    It was the battle with the greatest recorded number of military casualties with a total of 1,043,896: Allied 623,907; 419,989 Germans.

    The noise of the barrages could be heard on Hampstead Heath in London

    Here's a website which has what the weather conditions were like for each day of the battle

    http://www.ramsdale.org/timeline.htm

    Remember those who died 90 years ago

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

    indeed we should remember. Its almost impossible, even watching footage of the First World War, the total carnage and sheer terror most went through.

    Through it all the Generals took tea and watched from a distance.

    Says it all really.

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

    yes today is the time to remember all those who have given their lives for their country. 11am=2 minutes quiet to do just that.

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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Storm, anything loud and dramatic.
  • Location: Western Isle of Wight

    There are just 5 people who fought in the first world war still alive in this country. The world was completely different after that war. The change those surviving soldiers must have seen, I hope they have enjoyed there lives since that war, they deserved to have.

    Regards,

    Russ

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  • Location: Cambridge (term time) and Bonn, Germany 170m (holidays)
  • Location: Cambridge (term time) and Bonn, Germany 170m (holidays)

    Lest we forget those who died for our freedom.

    Duty, honour, sacrifice. This is what we remember on the 11th of November.

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  • Location: Wimborne, Dorset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow (of course) Storms, Sunshine, everything begging with 'S'
  • Location: Wimborne, Dorset

    Thank you Mr Data for posting that link. My Grandfather fought at the Somme. He told the story of seeing the Angels appear through the veil of mist. He recieved a bullet in his back trying to rescue a wounded soldier, but lived to tell the tale. I was very moved to watch this video.

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

    the bald statistics are just hard to comprehend-a visit to any of those battle fields is also very very sobering. To look at some of the memorials and the numbers involved is again hard to comprehend.

    I find it difficult to make any constructive comment regarding any war and the losses involved by any nation, now or then.

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  • Location: Southsea, Portsmouth, HANTS, UK
  • Location: Southsea, Portsmouth, HANTS, UK

    I recently paid a visit to Ypres and went to Tyncott cemetery. Very moving.

    The war to end all wars they said. Since November 11 1918 there has been armed conflict somewhere in the world of every day of every year :)

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