On the 1st of July, 1916 the British weren't enthusiastic because the government had promised the war would be over by Christmas and it has been a 1&1/2 years since then.
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The man in charge was Field Marshall, Douglas Haig. The attack in Verdun was the biggest artillery bombardment with over 2 million bombs dropped.
After the 5 days of shelling the British thought they had destroyed the enemies. 10 days later the Germans found 1,732,873 shells on their trench.
Each fire from the British towards the Germans was so loud that people in Britain could hear them!
Surprisingly for the British the Germans were alive and emerged from their deep dug outs to man their defences. Later the Germans decided to cut all of the barbed wire and run over the trench which is called 0H ( 0 hour)
At Hawthorn Ridge the Germans had an idea at exactly 7:29 that they would keep the British quiet so they could pass over the Trench.