Somme 'Iron Harvest' will take 500 years to clear, say bomb disposal experts on centenary of bloody battle
This was one of the world's great mistakes. Military leaders experienced before the industrial age, fighting a war with industrial age weapons, resulting in shocking numbers of killed and wounded. It was as if the generals has fashioned two huge grinders and marched their soldiers into them.
The battle ranged from 1 July to 18 November, 1916, with total casualties of 1,088,907 (both sides). The war changes Europe culturally, socially, religiously, and politically. The reverberations are still felt today.
Pray for peace.