Battle of Somme

The Battle of Somme, 1916 WW1

I awoke that morning to a horrid explosion. I was a 10-year-old British girl who had no idea what was happening right then but for the first time in my life I was afraid. I could hear the shouts and the cries from my window. Mum told me that they were fighting for my future.

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© Carol Campbell

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Flash 55 PLUS!

Greetings to all poets and friends!
It is time for the Flash 55 Challenge in the month of July. The rules of this prompt have not changed: Write a piece of poetry or prose on a subject of your choice in precisely 55 WORDS.
July 1, 2016 marked the centenary of The Battle of the Somme, a ferocious bombardment which saw the deaths of 19, 240 British soldiers in a singe day, with a further 38,230 men wounded or missing. The siege lasted for 140 days.

For the OPTIONAL EXTRA part of this challenge, I invite you to reflect on the Battle of the Somme or the legacy of war and history as it impacts on us, living in the 21st Century.  For an hour-by-hour account of the battle with historical photos, click HERE.~Kerry

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Published by: writersdream9

I have been writing all my life but for the most part, it has been a secret. My parents did not believe writing was a good way to earn money so I hid my poems. Then one day, I wanted to comment on an essay that a friend had written and found myself with a blog. That quiet whisper inside said, "You can write your poetry and no one will ever know.". I knew nothing of followers and the like at that time. So, here I am trying to learn my craft and enjoying every moment of it. My personal details are, I'm 57, married for 39 years, have one grown son who is God's gift to us and last but not least at all, I'm a Baha'i which basically means that I love all humanity.

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14 thoughts on “Battle of Somme”

  1. Was that battle really heard as far away as England? I’m sure its reverberations were felt there emotionally anyway, for long afterwards. Alas, they did believe they were fighting for our futures, didn’t they? And they may have been right. A Nazi Europe doesn’t bear thinking of.

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  2. how awful this war, the so-called great war, the war that was supposed to end all wars, and this, the most costly battle of that war. such slaughter. the finer sensibilities of the little ones from afar picking up the horror and crash and din of that battle. so sad. so poignant!!

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  3. This was one of the more horrid episodes of that largely forgotten war. I had the sobering experience of being in Amiens, two years ago, very close to those battlegrounds. The people of northern France, and Belgium, will never forget, though.

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