Within 138 days one million men died during the battle of Somme in 1916.
Young men in uniform died fighting for a frontier which was moved just 10 kilometers.
The battle of Somme started 1st of July 1916. It ended 18th of November.
This battle is the most cruel and meaningless bloodshed of them all. On an average, 7200 men lost their life every day. The area was a slaughterhouse just the size of a large metropolitan city.
“‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.
To put this battle into perspective.
Only by using machine guns and artillery, a handful of Generals committed a crime that killed 10 times more people than the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
The two allied Generals responsible for the blood of these men, had both been educated at the war schools in England and France.
Their tactics did not differ from the German commanders. Both side were convinced that the “enemy” would ran out of bullets, if they only sent enough soldiers walking across the green fields. The green fields were called “no mans land”.
This totally meaningless sacrifice of humans to Moloch made Pink Floyd write the song “us and them”. Men were summoned from large parts of Europe, and forced to travel into a this small piece of land. The mission: Just do die the most meaningless death of them all.
The secular rock band “Pink Floyd” tells about all who submit to military orders. In the song there is a line who describe the battlefield:
“Up, down, and round and round. Us and them. And after all, we’re only ordinary men”.
The battle along the river Somme brought little change. Mankind lost one million men. The military complexes of UK and France gained 9,6 kilometers of green fields in North East France, by soaking it with blood.
1 Kings 11:5
He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites.
The two leading Generals were secular men. The British commander Sir Douglas Haig’s was the son of an alcoholic who established the whiskey house “Haig & Haig” in Scotland.
When General Haig died, the United Kingdom made his funeral day, a day of national mourning,
General Joseph Joffre, the commander-in-chief of the French Army was also a son of a winemaker.
They must have cheered as the blood bath rolled on.
For the men who were brought to the military bench to be slaughtered, it were days of Great Tribulation.
Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. He warned us that those who fight with swords will fall by sword.
Many young men at Somme knew they were trapped, and said their last prayers. Many refused to obey orders, and was executed by their own officers. The men who obeyed the orders, just lived a couple of minutes longer.
All of those who believed in Jesus, did not die that day. They are home in Heaven. Amen.
First published: April 3rd, 2012.
Written by Ivar