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The name of the river Somme in France apparently comes from the Celtic word samara, meaning "tranquillity". Such are the ironies of history.
Almost a hundred years ago to the day, the infamous battle along that part of the Western Front began. By the end of the first day, 19,240 British soldiers were dead, as well as 1,500 Frenchmen and 10,000 Germans, to little change in their respective positions.
Next day, British high command ordered the soldiers to do it again.
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