The Battle of the Somme

On The Level

The Western Front, 1916

But all that my mind sees
Is a quaking bog in a mist — stark, snapped trees,
And the dark Somme flowing.

Vance Palmer (1885–1959), ‘The farmer remembers the Somme’

The ruins of Becordel, 1916

The ruins of Becordel, 1916

The Battles and their Locations

Death and squalor - the Battle of the SommeTanks on the Western FrontMap of Somme battles

The grey shaded areas on the map illustrate the main areas on the Western Front where the 1914-1918 battles took place. The battlefields ranged from the northern end of this battle front on the Belgian coast to the village of Pfetterhouse on the Swiss frontier at its southern end. The map shows the Franco-German border as it was in 1914 when the war broke out. An overview of the major battles that shaped the formation of the Western Front is given below the map.

Map of The Western Front showing WW1 battlefield locations in Belgium and France.

A truly nightmarish world greeted the New Zealand Division when it joined the Battle of the Somme in mid-September 1916. The division…

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