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24 June 1916

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  • Allied troops commence a week-long artillery bombardment of German defensive positions along the Somme River in northern France, in preparation for a major British-led offensive on 1 July. More than 1.5 million shells are fired along a 25km front in an attempt to destroy German trenches and barricades, clearing the way for an infantry advance.
  • French counter-attacks regain some ground in the Battle of Verdun; German troops occupy part of Fleury, their farthest point of advance to date
  • Russian forces drive Austrian troops from Bukovina
  • General Jacob Louis Van Deventer’s South African Mounted Brigade defeats German troops on Lukigura River in German East Africa