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Today marks 100 years since the launching of the Battle of the Somme in WWI. Allied Forces, mostly British and Commonwealth forces attacked German lines across the Somme region of Belgium. The battle lasted until November and claimed the lives of 146,000 British Commonwealth and French soldiers and 164,000 German soldiers, by the end more than a million men were casualties.

On the first day of the Battle some 20,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers were killed.

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There are many official ceremonies mark the beginning across the UK and Belgium, as those are happening thousands of men dressed in uniform and acted as ghost soldiers, each representing a soldier killed. They didn’t speak, just handed cards to people with the details of each dead soldier and occasionally sang the song sung in the trenches “We are here because we’re here”.

Here is a round up of people’s tweets about #wearehere:


It was a spectacular tribute.

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