This is a 14 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on World War I - Key Battles of 1916 - Battle of Somme. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
In planning for operations in 1916, the commander of the British Expeditionary Force, General Sir Douglas Haig, called for an offensive in Flanders. Approved by French General Joseph Joffre, the plan was amended in February, to include French troops with a focus on attacking around the Somme River in Picardy.
As plans for the offensive were developed, they were again changed in response to the Germans opening the Battle of Verdun. Rather than delivering the crippling blow to the Germans, the Somme offensive's principal goal would be to relief pressure on Verdun.
The fighting at the Somme cost the British approximately 420,000 casualties, while the French incurred 200,000. German losses numbered around 500,000. During the campaign British and French forces advanced around 7 miles along the Somme front, with each inch costing around 1.4 casualties. While the campaign achieved its goal of relieving pressure on Verdun, it was not a victory in the classic sense.
The presentation covers the following:
Map of the Western Front
Britain’s Bloodiest Day
Battle of Attrition
Casualties & Aftermath
Futility of War
End of Presentation
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