The second battle of the somme of 1918 was fought during the first world war on the western front from late august to early september in the basin of the river somme it was part of a series of successful counter offensives in response to the german spring offensive after a pause for redeployment and supply. This is an account of the british expeditionary forces defensive battle on the somme in march and april of 1918 it starts with the huge german offensive along a 60 mile front on 21 march. On march 21 1918 near the somme river in france the german army launches its first major offensive on the western front in two years at the beginning of 1918 germanys position on the . The first battles of the somme 1918 21 march 5 april 1918 the first battles of the somme 1918 after transferring very large forces from the now collapsed eastern front the german army commits to a series of large scale offensives
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