On the first day of the Battle of the Somme in July 1916, some 20,000 men were killed and almost 40,000 taken casualty.
The battle – one of the largest during the First World War – was launched upon a 30-kilometre front, from north of the Somme river between Arras and Albert, and it lasted until November 18, when it was finally abandoned.
In total, the battle would see more than one million men killed or wounded.
One hundred years on and the government-funded First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours programme has announced that it will be focusing on the Battle of the Somme during its commemorative trips in 2016.
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