What state was the war in during 1916?

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It’s 1916 and the fighting continues to take a huge toll on troops.

The Censor Office continues to work, using thick black ink to cover up any information the enemy might find useful – where the troops are headed or how many guns they’ve got.

At home, the cinematograph theatre helps take people’s minds off the news.

1916 was a really tough time for many and one of the most tragic periods of the war.

The Battle of the Somme, fought in northern France, was one of the bloodiest of World War One. For five months, the British and French armies fought the Germans in a brutal battle.

The aims of the battle were to relieve the French Army and to weaken the German Army. However, the Allies were unable to break through German lines.

In 141 days the British had advanced just seven miles.

Some historians believe that with a few more weeks of good weather, the Allies could have broken through German lines. Others say the Allies never stood a chance.

In March 1917, the Germans made a strategic retreat rather than resume fighting on the Somme. In total, there were over one million dead and wounded on all sides.

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