Joseph Joffre, The French Commander in Chief, wrote a letter to Douglas Haig on December The British launched The Battle of the Somme to achieve two objectives.
Joseph Joffre, The French Commander in Chief, wrote a letter to Douglas Haig on December 15, 1915, stating a great battle would need to take place in order to save the French Army from the massive killing taking place in the Battle of Verdun.
He was a hard person to get to know and seemed to have no concern for the human suffering caused by the war.
His colleagues found him strange because of his spiritual practices and religious beliefs.
In spite of his strangeness, Haig was a very efficient soldier and excellent military technician.
Disclaimer: This work has been submitted by a student.The Royal Artillery had prepared an underground network of telephone cables so as to enable forward observation officers to monitor and correct the barrage as the battle progressed.The British launched The Battle of the Somme to achieve two objectives.The Germans were secured by concrete bunkers, ten metres underground.The Germans realised that when the British would stop the Bombardment They would move up and charge to their position.General Rawlinson The attack was preceded by an eight-day preliminary bombardment of the German lines, beginning on Saturday 24 June.The expectation was that the ferocity of the bombardment would entirely destroy all forward German defences, enabling the attacking British troops to practically walk across No Man's Land and take possession of the German front lines from the battered and dazed German troops.The fighting soldiers saw muddy, dirty and filthy trenches littered with the waste of the war.Inside the trenches there were cart wheels, barbed wires, bodies of the dead soldiers, and human parts scattered everywhere. Some soldiers reported that there were rats as big as cats.The offensive was planned late in 1915 and was intended as a joint French-British attack.The French Commander in Chief, Joffre, conceived the idea as a battle of attrition, the aim being to drain the German forces Haig took over responsibility from Joffre for the planning and execution of the attack.