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Zweibund — the Dual Alliance — Germany and Austria-Hungary united, were the core of the Central Powers, and here join hands. The bars of Germany's flag border the top left, and those of the Habsburg Austrian Empire and ruling house the bottom right.
Text:
Schulter an Schulter
Untrennbar vereint
in Freud und in Leid!'

Shoulder to shoulder
Inseparably united 
in joy and in sorrow!

Zweibund — the Dual Alliance — Germany and Austria-Hungary united, were the core of the Central Powers, and here join hands. The bars of Germany's flag border the top left, and those of the Habsburg Austrian Empire and ruling house the bottom right.

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Schulter an Schulter

Untrennbar vereint

in Freud und in Leid!'



Shoulder to shoulder

Inseparably united

in joy and in sorrow!

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Saturday, November 18, 1916

"On the night of November 17 the first snow fell on the Somme battlefield. On the following night the final assault of the campaign took place, an advance of a thousand yards on the Ancre. It was much hampered by mist and snow. . . .

. . . The British dead on the Somme in the four months since July 1 amounted to 95,675. The French 'Somme' toll was 50,729. The total number of Allied dead on the Somme was 146,404. The German death toll was even larger: 164,055. . . ."

Quotation Context

The last assault of the Battle of the Somme began on November 18, 1916. The Anglo-French offensive had begun on July 1.

Source

The First World War, a Complete History by Martin Gilbert, page 299, copyright © 1994 by Martin Gilbert, publisher: Henry Holt and Company, publication date: 1994

Tags

1916-11-18, 1916, November, Somme, Battle of the Somme