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How long did the Battle of the Somme last?

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The Battle of the Somme lasted from July 1, 1916, until Nov. 18, 1916. The battle was a major offensive by the Allied army on the western front during World War I. The attack is infamous for over 57,000 British casualties on the first day.

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The battle plans were conceived by the French as a joint French and British offensive. However, due to a German offensive in Verdun, France, the British ended up committing the most troops. British Commander-in-Chief Douglas Haig commanded the offensive, which had the primary goal of substantially reducing the German reserves. The acquisition of territory was a secondary goal in the offensive.

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