Wounded French soldiers, 1916.
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Wounded French soldiers after temporary treatment at a first aid station, Battle of the Somme, 1916. 'They are temporarily lost in the great fight but are typical of all French infantry and do credit to out great ally.' 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.