Remembering the summer of 1916 for Red, White and Blue Day 2016 - Friday 14th October
The Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest battles of World War One, with 20,000 British soldiers losing their lives on the first day of the battle. In all, the campaign cost nearly 1,300,000 dead and wounded soldiers on both sides.
Fighting began on the 1st July, and continued up until late November that year. It was the largest battle on the Western Front of the war, and there was little to show for all the lives lost on both side, only a few miles gained by the Allies.
Held on Friday 14th October, Red, White and Blue Day 2016 will be joining the rest of the UK and remembering the momentous events of 1916 - on land, and at sea – which had a huge impact on the outcome of the war.
Hover over the dates in bold to view notable dates in history and important RWBDay dates
RAF1984 - The first of an initial batch of 33 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters began service, based at RAF Odiham.
RAF1941 - The Lancaster first entered service for the RAF with No. 44 Squadron at RAF Waddington.
The Soldiers' Charity1915 - The Allies start the evacuation of Gallipoli
The Soldiers' Charity1940 - Operation Compass begins – British Army's campaign in North Africa
The Soldiers' Charity1944 - Start of the Battle of the Bulge
Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth will be lit up in Red, White and Blue today.
RWBDay receives ‘Greetings from the USA’
Saw your tweet and Facebooked it. Now that is educating the young. So proud of my Scottish heritage here in Nebraska. God Bless you and your endeavors. Greg Dowding
Arthur Edwards MBE - Royal photographer has agreed to be the Head Judge for the Photography Competition.
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