A crowded road, Somme, October 1917.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

A crowded road, Somme, October 1917.

© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library


The muddy road, near Fricourt, is full with staff cars, mule-limbers, lorries, ambulances, infantry marching and pioneers road widening. During the first morning of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916, 60,000 people were injured, 20,000 of whom were killed, making it the bloodiest day in battle ever. The total casualties of the whole battle were an estimated 1.2 million.

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