Content: non-fiction, history. The Battle of the Somme was one of the most horrific battles of a horrific war. It lasted from July to November of 1916 and sucked in hundreds of thousands of soldiers from France, Germany, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Newfoundland. The Canadians fought there between September and November, battling their way across the fields north of the small farming village of Coucelette. For a gain of two kilometers of undulating farland, more than 8,000 Canadians died.91 pages, illustrated, maps, references.