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Local Air Cadets Commemorate 100 Years Since the Battle of the Somme

2016-07-04 09:53:26
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By CI John Hill

Cadets and staff from 1264 Windermere Squadron, Air Training Corps., supported the Royal British Legion at the War Memorial in Windermere in a candlelit vigil on a rain swept night on the eve of 01 July.  The event was to commemorate the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.

The Battle of the Somme was a battle of the First World War, fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German empire.  It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France.  It was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front; more than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

The first day of the Somme (1 July) saw a serious defeat for the German Second Army, which was forces out of its position by the French Sixth Army.  The first day of the Somme was also the worst day in the history of the British Army, which had c. 57,470 casualties, of whom 19,240 were killed when the attach was defeated and few British troops actually reached the German front line.

Cadets took turns to relay facts about the battle and to recite a war poem before the Last Pst was played and a 2 minute silence held.


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