BATTLE OF THE TRENCH Human genius persistently worked on the invention of new weapons, which will allow the killing of the "best". Supporters of the new weapons have argued that it will act for the good of the world, because the will to end the protracted war. The participants of the battle of the Somme saw the first tanks. As part of the strategic plan for the Entente in 1916 it was supposed to begin, in particular, the offensive Anglo-French troops in the Somme River in northern France. If the Germans at Verdun breakthrough tactics used large forces on a narrow sector of the front in the preliminary powerful artillery fire, the Allies expected to advance on a broad front. But it also provided for heavy artillery fire, after which the attack is the infantry. The attack had to drive three French and two British Army at the front width of 70 km. To ensure the operation was to be used almost half of all available on the Western front in Allied aircraft and artillery. The main task was assigned to the French. Allied forces were to advance in divergent directions: French - to the east, and the British - in the north.