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Subject:  War is HELL 105th anniversary tomorrow Date:  6/30/2021  12:32 PM
Author:  desertdaveataol Number:  38626 of 38648

[Lots of pictures, some of which you don't want to see before eating, and a realistic description of what the men went through.]

'Even in the middle of hell you can see the hope of better times': Incredible colourised photos from the Battle of the Somme provide glimpse into brave sacrifices of British and Commonwealth troops ahead of its 105th anniversary tomorrow

On 1 July 1916, tens of thousands of British, French and Commonwealth troops went 'over the top', pouring out of their trenches and running towards the German lines, confident the enemy had been destroyed by artillery

Thousands were mowed down by German gunners, who had hunkered down and survived the bombardments

By the end of the first day, 19,240 British troops had been killed - the bloodiest day in the history of the army

The incredible series of images were colourised by electrician Royston Leonard from Cardiff, Wales, UK

He was inspired by the courage of those who fought and the hope they gave for better days to come

Mr Leonard said: 'The photos show how life was at every moment and remind us just how cruel war is, but at the same time these men carried on and made the most of it'

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