How Did The Battle Of The Somme Cause And Effect

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The Battle of the Somme was a very significant event in World War 1. It was a four-month long battle that began on July 1st, 1916 and ended on November 18th, 1916. Known as one of the bloodiest and largest military battles in history, the battle was fought between the Allies and the German Empire. The casualties suffered during just the first day were extremely high-the highest single day loss in warfare history. The British and the Canadians lost more than 57 000 men, including the 700 men apart of the Newfoundland Regiment, who were either killed, wounded, taken prisoner or went missing. For most of the summer that year, the Canadian Corps had occupied a section of the Western Front in Belgium, which was to their advantage because …show more content…

A week later, in the final attack of the Battle of the Somme, they took Desire Trench. Overall, the Battle of the Somme was a historic event in the First World War. The Canadian soldiers showed great courage which helped them grow their reputation as well-trained group of front line troops who could capture enemy positions in the face of heavy fire. The lessons learned during this battle would help the Canadians and other Allies to become a better equipped and prepared group of soldiers in the future. A cause and effect relationship causing World War 1 was the assassination of the Archduke and when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, took place on June 28th, 1914 in Sarajevo. The Black Hand, a Serbian terrorist group, intended on the car that the Archduke and his wife were in to be bombed but the bomb did not go off, instead they were shot. The shooter was Gavrilo Princip. This was very much an attack influenced by alliances and …show more content…

On May 18th, 1917, Prime Minister Robert Borden brought conscription into effect. This decision split Canada into two. The French Canadians and other non-British Canadians did not want Conscription because it took the men from their farms and families making it hard on the economy and society, even though a lot of these men did not end up actually joining the troops overseas. The English Canadians wanted Conscription because they believed Canada had to keep fighting until victory. Canadian Conscription was somewhat important to the Allies because that meant that they had more soldiers on their side, but to opposing and neutral countries it was not important. Conscription was important to Canadians because at the time, it effected the federal election of 1917. Prime Minister Borden extended the vote for conscription through the Military Voters Act to soldiers serving overseas, who were very much in favour of conscription. The Wartime Elections Act, women who were related to men serving overseas were also granted the right to vote. This made the election that year rigged to some degree. French Canadians felt cheated and wanted nothing to do with the idea of conscription. The feeling that the French Canadians had may have led them wanting to separate from Canada in the 80’s. Up until very recent history, the English Canadian voice has been the dominant voice Canadian decision

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