Britain, France unite at WWI's bloodiest battlefield on 100th anniversary

July 1, 2016 1:49 PM

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Britain, France unite at WWI's bloodiest battlefield on 100th anniversary

Even as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, the country's prime minister and Prince Charles stood alongside France's president at a cemetery in northern France in a moment of silence Friday to mark their countries' mutual sacrifices 100 years ago at the Battle of the Somme on the bloodiest day in British military history.

More than 1 million British, French and German soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing in the lengthy World War I battle in which 20,000 British soldiers alone were killed on the first day of fighting.

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