Friday, July 1, 2016
The Battle of the Somme, as it happened on July 1, 1916
The first day of the Battle of the Somme was the worst day in the history of the British Army.
At 7:30am on July 1, 1916, thousands of British soldiers began an attack against a German trench line which was supposed to have been destroyed. It wasn't. Over the next 12 hours 29,000 people were killed and many more wounded. Many of those who survived were changed forever – as was the world, and Britain's understanding of itself.
Scroll down and read upwards to follow the events of that momentous day, minute by minute and hour by hour, just as they happened 100 years ago.