- a river in N France, flowing NW to the English Channel: battles, World War I, 1916, 1918; World War II, 1944. 150 miles (241 km) long.
- a department in N France. 2424 sq. mi. (6280 sq. km). Capital: Amiens.
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Smith survived the night patrol, and met Tolkien again on the fringes of the Battle of the Somme that summer.Why World War I Is at the Heart of ‘Lord of the Rings’
July 29, 2014
Just weeks before the Somme, British soldiers put down the rising, leaving much of the city in ruins.Wounds of World War I Have Yet to Heal
Michael F. Bishop
June 28, 2014
In The Missing of the Somme, one war, the Great War, is more directly his subject.
“The Missing of the Somme” is carved onto the Thiepval Memorial.
The Missing of the Somme was not merely written as a diversion from rewriting Tender is the Night.
When I last wrote, on the Somme in 1915, I was sickening with typhoid fever.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
This retirement on the Somme is clever, though it may tell on the morale of his men.
But it is undeniable that they were badly "rattled" on the Somme.
Never shall I forget my first sight of the Somme in summer-time.
But the real terribleness of the Somme was not in the towns or on the roads.
- a department of N France, in Picardy region. Capital: Amiens. Pop: 557 061 (2003 est). Area: 6277 sq km (2448 sq miles)
- a river in N France, rising in Aisne department and flowing west to Amiens, then northwest to the English Channel: scene of heavy fighting in World War I. Length: 245 km (152 miles)
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