Friday, July 1, 2016

This Day In History: 100 Years Ago Today, The Tragedy Of The "Battle Of The Somme" Began

Being a true student of real history, I have studied many of the tragic "battles" of the so called Great War, World War I..... It is so amazing now to look back into that period of history where the nations of Europe fought for what they at the time believed were justifiable causes.....Only now we know that the entire First World War was fought for the criminal Jewish bankers, to destroy the monarchies of Europe, and to give rise to Jewish Communism.....

One of the most tragic "battles" of the entire Great War was of course the infamous "Battle Of The Somme" that was fought from July 1st, 1916 until well into November, 1916... That "battle" was actually many battles and eventually caused the death of well over 1 million men.... It epitomized the uselessness of sending brave men into a hail of machine gun fire when they went "over the top" in trench warfare.....

To commemorate the "Battle Of The Somme" I want to turn to a link to an article from Yahoo News, at www.yahoo.com, where the major combatants in that ridiculous blood bath, the United Kingdom and France, do indeed mark the 100th anniversary of that ridiculous "battle" and pay tribute to the men that fought and died for basically nothing... Here is the link to that article for everyone to read for themselves, and I have my own thoughts and comments to follow:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/british-royals-france-remember-battle-somme-002229937.html


NTS Notes:  Here are some basic facts and my own thoughts about the "Battle Of The Somme" that shows how truly ridiculous and murderous that campaign was....

The British and French decided in 1916 that they would throw all of their efforts to "break the stalemate" of fighting in the trenches against the Germans into this one "offensive" and to "end the war" with a victory.... The Allied powers threw almost their entire war production for most of 1916 into this one "push" to break the deadly trench warfare stalemate.... But by the time the "offensive
 was halted in November 1916, the Somme battle amounted to nothing but throwing away a year's worth of war material and over a million men for relatively nothing gained... The western front was still in a state of "stalemate" as it was before this battle began!

The "offensive" reached a stalemate relatively early in the battle, but rather than move forces to other positions to try to break the lines elsewhere, the commanders of the front line troops, especially on the British side, continued to push their men over the top into the ever stiffening German defences in what amounted to suicidal charges..... And the death toll of the carnage escalated as a result... This showed the lack of real tactics and abilities to adjust during actually combat in the entire Allied leadership during this campaign....

The amount of ground eventually gained by the end of the "battle" in November 1916 amounted to less than 10 miles by the British and French forces.... At the cost of well over 1 Million men....  It is no wonder that the "Somme" has for the last 100 years epitomized futility!

To me, the Battle of the Somme showed the ridiculousness of trying to break "trench warfare" through throwing men forward under the hail of constant machine gun fire.... It also showed the wastefulness, arrogance, and lack of real leadership, of the Allied command in their willingness to have soldiers forced to fight to certain death under such conditions....Such ineptitude in the Allied command structure eventually led to the French army mutinies of late 1916.... And it was not until late 1917 during the Cambrai battle where the use of masses of armoured tanks showed the way to solve the riddle of breaking through machine gun laden trenches....

Yes, today is a day of remembrance for those brave men that went into this battle in northern France hoping that this would finally end the Great War... But the truth is that the Somme has come to indeed be known as a true battle of futility, wastefulness, and horrific carnage....

More to come

NTS


1 comment:

greencrow said...

Thanks for posting this NTS, and a belated Happy Canada Day as well. The Battle of the Somme shows that real war strategy is not the forte of the "West". Russia has perfected this skill as they have shown time and again to the present age. The war in eastern Ukraine showed the Russian strategy of creating a pincer or "cauldron" where they encircle and entrap the enemy.

Western armies don't have the patience or cunning for this or other strategies of warfare. That is why Russia (with perhaps its ally, China?) will win any conventional (if conventional can be used to describe war anymore) war between it and the West. It would, of course be an exponentially more costly war beyond all human imagination.