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Use Sources 7, 8 and 9 and your own knowledge.

Do you agree with the view that the `battle of the Somme was a defeat' for the British (Sources 8,
line 44?

I disagree to an extent that the battle of the Somme was a defeat for the British army,…

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the time was growing. The writer of the source could be argued biased, portraying the battle
negatively based on his own opinions; the source originates from a time when "idealism" and
"imperialism" was diminishing in the views of the British public. Taylor even states that "Idealism
perished on the Somme.…

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