The Start of the Battle of the Somme – 1 July 1916

Posted on June 30th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

The Somme Offensive commenced on 1 July 1916, as Allied forces attacked German positions by the River Somme on the Western Front in France.

On the opening day of the battle, the British suffered 60,000 casualties – making it the worst day in the history of the British army.

Here is an upbeat newspaper report of the battle, which was published on the first day of the battle – also included is a map of the area where the battle took place.

historical newspaper report about The start of the battle of the somme

Derby Daily Telegraph – Saturday 01 July 1916

Image © Northcliffe Media Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000327/19160701/022/0003

historical newspaper report about The start of the battle of the somme

Evening Telegraph – Wednesday 05 July 1916

Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000563/19160705/011/0001

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