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By Andrew Roberts

On 1 July 1916, after a five-day bombardment, eleven British and five French divisions introduced their long-awaited 'Big Push' on German positions on excessive floor above the Rivers Ancre and Somme at the Western entrance. a few flooring was once received, yet at a negative expense. In killing-grounds whose names are indelibly imprinted on 20th-century reminiscence, German machine-guns - manned through troops who had sat out the hurricane of shellfire in deep dugouts - inflicted negative losses at the British infantry.

The British Fourth military misplaced 57,470 casualties, the French 6th military suffered 1,590 casualties and the German second military 10,000. And this used to be however the prelude to 141 days of slaughter that might witness the deaths of among 750,000 and 1 million troops.

Andrew Roberts inspires the pity and the horror of the blackest day within the heritage of the British military - a summer's day-turned-hell-on-earth via sleek army expertise - within the phrases of casualties, survivors, and the bereaved.

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His field jacket, similar to that of his men but lenses—an aid to acquiring night vision at dusk? of better quality, bears gold general officer's leaves The field dressing was normally worn under the on both collar points. This is exposed in the open goggle strap at the rear; figure G2, whose slung neck of a type of drab tan quilted, hooded jacket helmet has the more usual string netting, displays with knit cuffs seen in photos of some Argentine the common first field dressing, in white with a officers.

The solid-propellant rocket, with an HE warhead, weighs 143lbs. and is 7ft. 4ins. , and its speed is believed to be about Mach 2. , RA, providing close-range defence against aircraft attacking at low altitude—ideally, aircraft coming head-on at the operator. It can acquire targets flying away, but does not have the endurance of 'burn' for a long tail-chase. Guidance is by radio/optical tracking. The solid-propellant rocket 35 positions, against which it proved absolutely devastating. The operator wears the olive green rainproof suit, and the 1943 steel helmet.

Various high-energy items. That night some soldiers A Harrier strip had now been completed at Port supplemented combat rations with condensed milk San Carlos—after a delay caused by loss of metal and other prizes. Bde. weapons had been set up, and four out of five troops. Skyhawks were reported knocked down. One 26 soldier watched others engage the aircraft with targets. During the fighting on the night of 11/12 small arms—a technique taught in the British Army June 3,000 rounds would be fired, some on targets since its successful use by the Vietcong.

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