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Why Was The Battle Of Somme Important

Why was the Battle of the Somme important in WWI?

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I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air--
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.  --Alan Seeger

Lost in the brutality and slaughter of the Battle of Somme is the death of the first American in the conflict.  By the end of the World War I, over 53,000 soldiers were killed in combat.  The first of these casualties was an American writer by the name of Alan Seeger.

After graduating from Harvard University in 1910, Seeger moved to Paris.  He quickly fell in love with the culture and atmosphere of France.  When France declared war on Germany, Seeger believed it was his responsibility to defend the country that he grew to love.  He volunteered for the French Foreign Legion.  While in the Legion, he did not abandon his passion for writing.  He wrote poetry and kept a detailed journal of his experiences.  In this way, he was able to provide a firsthand account of one...

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