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Friday, 1st July 2016, marked the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world came to the Somme in remembrance of the men who fought and died here during one of the worst battles in history.

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New book by the creators of the Missing of the Somme Database, which can be viewed at the Thiepval Visitor Centre: this book is not a military history of the Battle of the Somme. Instead it is a selection of short biographies of some of the men commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial of the Missing of the Somme.

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From 1st July to 18th November 1916, the French Army was actively involved in the Battle of the Somme. The French suffered heavy losses - as did the British - during this battle; 190,000 soldiers of the French Army were killed, wounded or lost in just four and a half months of fighting.

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An important part of British Great War history was the raising and equipping of the specially formed Pals Battalions. The first major theatre of war for many of these newly recruited men was on the Somme in 1916, where terrible casualties were incurred.

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