Today marks 100 years since the start of the ‘Battle of the Somme’ – it was fought between 1 July – 18 November 1916 in Somme river, north-central Somme and south-eastern Pas-de-Calais Départements, France.

Over one million people died during the Battle of the Somme.

Famous writer J.R.R. Tolkien was an officer in this terrible battle, and was one of the lucky men who returned home.

Haunted by his experiences in the battle, he escaped into his writing, and created a world that has lived on for generations.

This battle also known as the ‘Somme Offensive’, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire.

It was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front and one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

The casualties in the war were from French, British and German forces in the hundreds of thousands.


Author: Ekpeki Donald Pen Prince

Ekpeki Chovwe Donald styled the PenPrince is a writer and lawyer in equity. He has an unhealthy interest in wit, pun and poetry. When he’s not writing, he’s reading and when he’s not reading, he’s breathing. He breathes words.