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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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Click here for all the information concerning the hundreth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

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The New Thiepval Museum themed on the battles of the Somme and the Missing was opened on 2nd June 2016 by the French Minister of State for Veterans and Remembrance and the President of the Somme Departmental Council. 

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