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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.

ABF The Soldiers Charity Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Notable dates

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- In an effort to break the resolve of the British people, Hitler orders the bombing of London over the bombing of strategic RAF airfields and installations.

1942 -The crew of a No. 70 Squadron Wellington crash-landed in the North African desert after the aircraft had been damaged by flak over Tobruk. Over the next 28 days five of them trekked 400 miles through enemy lines and were eventually picked up by a patrol on a Long Range Desert Group. The sixth man was captured and became a POW.

- The Luftwaffe mounted its biggest daylight attack on London with 1,020 sorties flown over England. Fighter Command flew 705 sorties and in the course of these operations the Luftwaffe lost 56 aircraft. This day has since been recognised at 'Battle of Britain Day'.

The Soldiers' Charity
- Battle of Loos – British Forces use poison gas for the first time

The Soldiers' Charity
- Battle of Loos – British Forces use poison gas for the first time

The Soldiers' Charity
- Last 550 British troops stationed at Basra Palace withdraw to main coalition base at Basra airport

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
- Japan surrenders. Victory in Japan (VJ) Day is celebrated.

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
- RM Bands integrated on formation of RM School of Music

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
- HMS Vanguard, the first of the Royal Navy's Trident submarines, accepted at sea from Vickers Shipbuilding.

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
- Ten members of the Royal Marines staff band and a civilian killed by terrorist bomb at RM School of Music at Deal.

Stop Press

Patty Wallis' (Project Manager) interview with BFBS Radio 2 (September 2016)

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Arthur Edwards MBE

Royal photographer of The Sun for four decades has agreed to be the Head Judge for the Photography Competition.

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