Battle of the Somme recollections released by Imperial War Musuem

By Maev Kennedy

Notably devoid of jingoism, accounts of hundreds of veterans collected in 1960s form part of centennial remembrance

The memories of the Battle of the Somme that remained agonisingly vivid for survivors for the rest of their lives are being released for the first time by the Imperial War Museum to mark the centenary of one of the bloodiest episodes of the first world war.

The accounts include one British soldier's compassion to a dying German asking for water and his mother, and a man who lost his religious faith after crawling across the bodies of the living and the dead.

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