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.
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RAF1993 - Operation Cheshire: Hercules of No 47 Squadron completed 600 sorties to deliver 19 million Ib of humanitarian aid to Bosnia-Herzegovina. By the end of the operation in January 1996 the RFA had delivered 26,577 tons of supplies in 1,977 sorties
RAF1940 - Operation Dynamo: the evacuation of Dunkirk was completed with 338,226 Allied troops brought back to the UK. In the fierce air-to-air fighting during the evacuation, the RAF lost 177 aircraft over Dunkirk, including 106 fighters: the Luftwaffe lost 132 aircraft of all types
The Soldiers' Charity1944 - D-day – Allied Forces land in Normandy
RAF1944 - Operation Overlord - Thousands of Allied troops landing on the beaches of Normandy in northern France at the start of a major offensive against the Germans. Thousands of paratroops and glider-borne troops have also been dropped behind enemy lines and the Allies are already said to have penetrated several miles inland.
RAF1940 - Italy declared war on Great Britain and France
The Soldiers' Charity1918 - The Treaty of Versailles is signed by the Germans
RAF2012 - The Bomber Command Memorial, in Green Park, London, was unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen. The RAF Benevolent Fund is the custodian for the memorial, built to remember the 55,573 members of Bomber Command who lost their lives during the Second World War.
The Soldiers' Charity1982 - British troops take key objectives of Mount Longdon, Two Sisters and Mount Harriet
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