England was heavily involved in World War I, with its armed forces playing a key role in the Allied war effort. The country declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914, and soon after, British troops were sent to the Western Front to fight alongside French and Belgian forces. The Battle of the Somme, which took place in 1916, was one of the bloodiest battles of the war, with over one million casualties. British forces also fought in other major battles, such as the Battle of Passchendaele and the Battle of Cambrai. In addition to the fighting on the Western Front, British forces were also involved in campaigns in the Middle East and Africa, and the British navy played a key role in the Allied blockade of Germany. The war ended in 1918 with the signing of the Armistice of Compiegne, which brought an end to the fighting on the Western Front. The war had a profound impact on England, both in terms of the lives lost and the changes it brought about in society and politics.
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