About the battle of the Somme before it began June 1916

The nation must be taught to bear losses. No amount of skill on the part of the higher commanders, no training, however good, on the part of the officers and men, no superiority of arms and ammunition, however great, will enable victories to be won without the sacrifice of men’s lives. The nation must be prepared to see heavy casualty lists.*

The battle of the Somme had 57,470 British casualties on the first day (1st July 1916). By the time it had finished Britain had had about 350,000 casualties. So the people of Britain had had a good lesson from Haig.

Written by Haig in June 1916 go to http://www.militarian.com/threads/ww1-quotes.6953/ for more quotes

Chris

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