‘No plan survives contact with the enemy.’
Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800-1891)
The bloody Battle of the Somme, which commenced on July 1, 1916, has continued to fascinate me. My English father, Sgt. Reginald George Bareham, was one of 19,240 British soldiers – nearly 20 percent of the entire British fighting force – who were killed that day on the French countryside in one of the pre-eminent battles of World War I.
I was born a week later, on July 8.