how many soldiers were there in the battle of the somme?
Please could you tell me how many troop fought in the Battle of The Somme for a history project. Thankyou
- SteffanLv 410 years agoFavourite answer
over 3 million men fought in the Battle of the Somme at some point (about 1 million British, the same French, the same again German), but it was such a long battle, lasting almost half a year that those 3 million were not present all at once, the starting forces would have added up to just under 1 million troops on all sides in total, these would have been reinforced and replace so that by November 1916 3 million servicemen had been involved in the Battle.
- 4 years ago
After Germany's Schlieffen plan got altered by General. Alexander Von Cluck and the British and French win the Battle of the Marne, the Germans retreated and built a monster trench from the alps to the english channel. The French dug an equally long trench pretty much in the same spot So basically, they were spread out along their eastern border almost
- ManxbikerLv 710 years ago
With the winter weather deteriorating Haig now brought an end to the Somme offensive. Since the 1st July, the British has suffered 420,000 casualties. The French lost nearly 200,000 and it is estimated that German casualties were in the region of 500,000. Allied forces gained some land but it reached only 12km at its deepest points.
- staisilLv 710 years ago
Here is your answer:
13 British and 11 French divisions (initial)
51 British and 48 French divisions (final)
German-10½ divisions (initial)
50 divisions (final)Source(s): http://firstworldwar.com/battles/somme.htm http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/worldwari/p/so...
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- Anonymous10 years ago
not many,,as drafting wasnt really in full force yet
edit..oh,, ..was thinking of WWI..actually quite a large number died in the Battle of Somme supposedly.