Battle of the Somme in numbers: Key facts as the battle marks its centenary

The four-month offensive resulted in more than one million casualties

David Wilcock
Wednesday 29 June 2016 13:21
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There was a seven-day artillery bombardment of the German lines before the offensive
There was a seven-day artillery bombardment of the German lines before the offensive

Here are some of the key numbers from the battle of the Somme, which began 100 years ago on July 1:

7 - days of artillery bombardment of the German lines before the battle started, aiming to cut the barbed wire and destroy trench defences and artillery.

1,500,000 - artillery shells fired by the Allies in that week, to little overall effect.

57,470 - British casualties on the first day.

19,240 - British first-day casualties who died.

60 - percentage of British officers involved on the first day who were killed.

141 - days the battle lasted, from July 1 to November 18.

Somme selfies: long-lost photographs of British soldiers involved in the battle

419, 654 - official number of British dead, missing or wounded

1,300,000 - approximate number of casualties on both sides

6 - miles that British soldiers had advanced by the end of the battle.

49 - Victoria Crosses awarded for valour during the battle.

150,000 - graves in the area cared for in more than 250 military and 150 civilian cemeteries in the Somme area by the the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

72,000 - number of British and Commonwealth soldiers who died at the Somme with no known graves and whose names are recorded on the British memorial at Thiepval.

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