The Final 100 Days - August 21, 1918 - The Second Battle of the Somme

The Second Battle of the Somme

81 Days Until Armistice

With steady, if slow, advances taking places each day along the Western Front, the Allies had recaptured most of the ground they had lost to the Germans during the Spring Offensive. Most of what had been recovered happened to be the shell torn mire known as the Somme. For two years, some of the most brutal fighting of the First World War took place at the Somme, and a final offensive to finally push through the hellish battlefield commenced on the 20th of August.

Aimed at capturing the city of Albert, the second battle of the Somme included every nation fighting on the Western Front; France, America, Britain, and her colonies. Alongside the Canadian Corps, the corps from Australia and New Zealand played a pivotal role in the coming days, securing some of the greatest military achievements of the war. The Canadians would play a strong role in battle, but later on in the month.