It’s the bloodiest day in British military history; one of the deadliest days of all time.
The First Day of the Battle of the Somme.
“It was hell let loose, brother,” said one survivor, in an archive recording. “Hell let loose.”
At 7:28 a.m. on July 1, 1916, hundreds of whistles sounded, and the first troops climbed out of their trenches toward the German lines.
It was a disaster.
In many sectors, the attacking British soldiers were mowed down by machine guns before they’d gone a few yards.