The Battle of the Somme as a Victory for the British

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The Battle of the Somme as a Victory for the British This investigation seeks to evaluate the extent to which the Battle of the Somme was a victory for the British. The main body of this investigation will outline the way the British set out their strategies to win the war and what were its weaknesses and oppositions. During this investigation two main sources are going to be used: "The first day of the Somme" by Richard Tames and the other source is from the British newspaper "The Times" written on July 3rd 1916(still existing today).Through these 2 different sources we will evaluate and highlight the differences and similarities about the British "victory" over the Somme. To evaluate the success and failures about the British offensive in the Sommeit is important to know who is writing the source because the writer may be biased in favour of one side. This will be mentioned during the investigation. The investigation will also mention the origin purpose, value and limitations of the sources chosen. B) SUMMARY OF EVIDENCE: The aim of the British army was to bombard the German defences by breaking through their trenches and barbed wire until they gave up. At first there were around 120,000 British soldiers attacking along the 18 mile front. The British and the French offensive against the Germans were led by General Joffre and General Douglas Haig. According to the Richard Tames book both the generals had certain qualities in common. Both had a reputation for a cool head in crisis. They seemed to be the right people to lead the British and the French through victory according to the British point of view. During colonial ... ... middle of paper ... ...tish people and Woodrow Wilson for flaws in his plans. I think that the British government is at fault since they appointed a general like Haig in command of the Battle of the Somme. The reason is because Haig had very little experience in fighting battles against a strong side. He was placed as general of the British army when fighting against colonies. However the colonial armies were not as strong as the German army. As a result Haig's plans were not very effective as they would work only against the Weak armies but not strong armies like the Germans. F) LIST OF SOURCES Richard Tames: "A day that made History, the First Day of the Somme", First published 1990, London Simkin,J.-"Contemporary accounts of the 1st world war, Tressell, Brighton,1981 The Times, July 3rd 1916, THE GREAT BATTLE, UKLONDON
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