Friday, August 05, 2005

Battle of Beaumont Hamel

Battle of Beaumont Hamel. The recent losses of the Ohio National Guard in the Iraq War have hit Northeast Ohio hard. However, by comparison to many past wars, the losses are light. In the American Civil War and World War One, entire regiments of men from the same towns and counties were wiped out.

A good example of this is the 1st Newfoundland Regiment in the Great War. On the opening day of the Battle of the Somme, the unit was almost entirely destroyed. 733 of 801 men in the 1st Newfoundland Regiment were killed or wounded.

From the site:

The opening day of the Battle of the Somme was a slaughter for the Allies, and the 1st Newfoundland Regiment was virtually annihilated at Beaumont-Hamel. In Newfoundland and Labrador, July 1 is Memorial Day to commemorate Newfoundland's heavy losses.

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