The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of WW1 fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the River Somme in France. The battle was one of the largest of World War I, in which more than 1,000,000 men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in history.
The Batlle of The Somme App concentrates on the events of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the 1st of July 1916. It will guide users along the battle front from north to south, stopping at seventeen significant sites along the way. At each site or stand users will be provided with an audio description of the action and photographs that relate to the events. Using the full functionality of an iphone, ipad or ipod touch users will be able to locate important features mentioned during the descriptions and place them in the current landscape. The app also provides the locations of parking places to use with each stand as well as nearby cafes, restaurants, visitors’ centres and museums that users may wish to visit. One of the most obvious and ubiquitous features on the Somme battlefield are the scores of military cemeteries that pepper the landscape.