Document Type

Opinion

Publication Date

7-1-2016

Department

Civil War Era Studies

Abstract

The Western Front was a cacophonous mixture of men and material. Airplanes buzzed slowly above the thousands of miles of zigzagged trenches carved into the chalky soil. Motorized lorries stalled, started and then plodded behind the lines, bringing up shells, water, tinned beef, bullets and soldier’s rum, etc., everything needed to sustain the armies astride the Somme. [excerpt]

Required Publisher's Statement

Original version is available from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2016/07/01/Remembering-the-Somme/stories/201606260003

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