Tuesday, November 18, 2008


This Day in the History of Generals Finally Seeing the Bleeding Obvious

On this day in 1916, General Douglas Haig finally called off the first Battle of the Somme in Picardy, France after five months of futile battle which included the first use of tanks. The Allied gain of just 125 square miles claimed 420,000 British and 195,000 French casualties. German losses were over 450,000. That's 1.065 million or about one per 400 square feet of the land won. What a monumental waste.

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