Test Your Knowledge On The Battle Of The Somme

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  • 1. 

    When did the Battle of the Somme begin and end?

    • A.

      1st July 1916- 18th November 1916

    • B.

      1st July -1915-18th November 1916

    • C.

      23rd June 1915- 22nd December 1916

    Correct Answer
    A. 1st July 1916- 18th November 1916
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1st July 1916- 18th November 1916. The Battle of the Somme began on 1st July 1916 and ended on 18th November 1916. This battle was one of the largest and bloodiest battles of World War I, fought between the British and French forces against the German Empire. It was a significant moment in the war, with heavy casualties on both sides and limited gains in territory. The battle lasted for over four months, resulting in a stalemate and ultimately contributing to the overall exhaustion and decline of the German forces.

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  • 2. 

    Who were the forces throughout the battle of the Somme and what sides were formed? 

    • A.

      The Germans, French and American were the forces throughout the battle, were the Germans and American's teamed up against the French.

    • B.

      The Germans, French and the British were the forces throughout the battle with the Germans and French teamed up against the British

    • C.

      The Germans, French and British were ther forces throughout the battle with the French and British teaming up aginst the Germans

    Correct Answer
    C. The Germans, French and British were ther forces throughout the battle with the French and British teaming up aginst the Germans
    Explanation
    The correct answer states that the Germans, French, and British were the forces throughout the battle of the Somme. It further explains that the French and British teamed up against the Germans. This suggests that the battle involved a conflict between the Allied forces (French and British) and the Central Powers (Germans).

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  • 3. 

    Why is the Battle of the Somme known as on of the bloodiest military operations ever recorded?

    • A.

      Because of the extremely high number of casualties

    • B.

      Because new weaponary was used throughout the war, left devestating effects on both suides of the battle

    • C.

      Because of the harsh weather conditions, which made the fighting conditions very difficult

    Correct Answer
    A. Because of the extremely high number of casualties
    Explanation
    The Battle of the Somme is known as one of the bloodiest military operations ever recorded because of the extremely high number of casualties. The battle took place during World War I and lasted from July to November 1916. Both the British and French forces suffered heavy losses, with over 1 million casualties in total. The battle was characterized by intense fighting, trench warfare, and the use of new weaponry such as artillery and machine guns. The scale of the casualties and the prolonged duration of the battle contributed to its reputation as one of the deadliest conflicts in history.

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  • 4. 

    Who were the main leadersof the French and British Expeditionary force throughout the Somme?

    • A.

      General Falkenhayn and General Douglas Haig

    • B.

      General Joffre and General Douglas Haig

    • C.

      General Joffre and Sir Henry Rawlinson

    Correct Answer
    B. General Joffre and General Douglas Haig
    Explanation
    General Joffre and General Douglas Haig were the main leaders of the French and British Expeditionary forces throughout the Somme. General Joffre was the French commander-in-chief during the Battle of the Somme, while General Douglas Haig was the British commander. They both played crucial roles in planning and executing the offensive, making strategic decisions, and leading their respective forces during this significant World War I battle.

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  • 5. 

    "They dropped in hundreds, we didn't even have to aim". This quote was made by a soldier at the Battle of the Somme. Which side was this soldier on, and which side is he talking about.

    • A.

      The quote refers to the British dropping in huge numbers, due to the German's mowing them down with thier machine guns

    • B.

      The quote refers to the German's dropping in huge numbers due to the French machinery mowing them down with their machine guns

    • C.

      This quote refers to the French dropping in huge numbers due to the German's mowing them down with their machine guns.

    Correct Answer
    A. The quote refers to the British dropping in huge numbers, due to the German's mowing them down with thier machine guns
    Explanation
    The soldier in this quote is on the British side. He is talking about the British soldiers who were dropping in huge numbers during the Battle of the Somme. The reason for this massive loss of life was the German's use of machine guns, which mowed down the British soldiers.

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  • 6. 

    What were the main objectives of the Battle of the Somme?

    • A.

      To dehumanise the Germans by draining their moral, and to break the stalemate

    • B.

      To capture the Channel ports to neutralise German boats, and to capture German resources

    • C.

      To relieve pressure off the French in Battle of Verdun, by drawing troops away from it and to break the stalemate

    Correct Answer
    C. To relieve pressure off the French in Battle of Verdun, by drawing troops away from it and to break the stalemate
    Explanation
    The main objectives of the Battle of the Somme were to relieve pressure off the French in the Battle of Verdun by drawing troops away from it and to break the stalemate. The Battle of Verdun was a major conflict between the French and Germans, and the French were under heavy pressure. By launching the Battle of the Somme, the British hoped to divert German troops and resources away from Verdun, thus relieving the pressure on the French forces. Additionally, breaking the stalemate on the Western Front was a crucial objective, as both sides were locked in a deadly and costly deadlock.

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  • 7. 

    What were the main failures of the ally forces at the Somme? (pick most correct answer)

    • A.

      Joffre and Haig wanted to pusure different ways at defeating the Germans, lack of concentration in their attacks (they were to weak because they were spread out) and the weaponary was in-adequate

    • B.

      The weather was un-favourable for ally strategies to be pursued, The Germans had significant more numbers in troops and the ammunition by the ally forces was too weak and ironically made it harder to infiltrate German defenses (barbed wire was tangled)

    • C.

      General Joffre died in battle and thus was a significant loss to the ally forces, The German's defeated the French at Verdun and were granted extra troops, and the weapons that the ally forces used were too weak to infiltarte enemey defense

    Correct Answer
    A. Joffre and Haig wanted to pusure different ways at defeating the Germans, lack of concentration in their attacks (they were to weak because they were spread out) and the weaponary was in-adequate
    Explanation
    The main failures of the ally forces at the Somme were due to Joffre and Haig's differing strategies, lack of concentration in their attacks, and inadequate weaponry. The different approaches to defeating the Germans led to a lack of coordination and weakened the overall force. The spread-out nature of the attacks made them too weak to break through German defenses effectively. Additionally, the weaponry used by the allies was not sufficient to overcome the obstacles, such as tangled barbed wire, posed by the German defenses. These factors contributed to the failures of the ally forces at the Somme.

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