Today marks the centenary anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme in World War I.

This most devastating military event in British history saw nearly 60,000 casualties (of which 19,240 were killed) on the first day alone.

The battle lasted 141 days, resulting in over a million allied casualties by the end.

There is much in the newspapers at the moment about this event.  Here is one example, setting out some more key facts.

But the facts somehow de-personalise the human stories which underpin them.  Many, many words have been written about this battle and WWI in general.  It seems to me that there is no need to add to them.  I therefore pay my tribute with a visual ‘quote’ to commemorate those who fought, died and were wounded.  We will remember them.

Image from http://www.centenarynews.com (click image to enlarge)

 

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