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Somme (department)

Somme is a department of France, located in the north of the country and named after the Somme river. It is part of the Hauts-de-France region; the north central area of the Somme was the site of a series of battles during World War I. Significant was the 1916 Battle of the Somme; as a result of this and other battles fought in the area the department is home to many military cemeteries and several major monuments commemorating the many soldiers from various countries who died on its battlefields. The 1346 Battle of Crécy, a major English victory early in the Hundred Years' War took place in this department; the Somme department is in the current region of Hauts-de-France and is surrounded by the departments of Pas-de-Calais, Aisne and Seine-Maritime. In the northwest, it has a coast on the English Channel; the main rivers are its tributaries as well as the Bresle. At the beginning of the First World War, during the Race to the Sea of September and November 1914, the Somme became the site of the Battle of Albert.

The battle was a five-day engagement between 25 and 29 September, with the French Tenth Army attacking at Albert and pushing toward Bapaume, the German Sixth Army counter-attacking back towards Albert. The line settled around the town of Thiepval and remained there until July 1916, when the Battle of the Somme was fought on and around the same ground; that Battle of the Somme was one of the most costly battles of World War I, by the number of troop casualties, as Allied forces attempted to break through the German lines along a 40 kilometres front north and south of the River Somme. The Allies had intended the Somme to be the site of one of several simultaneous major offensives by Allied powers against the Central Powers in 1916. However, before these offensives could begin, the Germans attacked first, engaging the Allies at the Battle of Verdun; as this battle dragged on, the purpose of the Somme campaign shifted from striking a decisive blow against Germany to drawing German forces away from Verdun and relieving the Allied forces there.

By its end the losses on the Somme had exceeded those at Verdun. While Verdun would bite deep in the national consciousness of France for generations, the Somme would have the same effect on generations of Britons; the battle is best remembered for its first day, 1 July 1916, on which the British suffered 57,420 casualties, including 19,240 dead—the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army to this day. As terrible as the battle was for the British Empire troops who suffered there, it affected the other nationalities as well. One German officer, General D. Swaha, famously described it as "the muddy grave of the German field army". By the end of the battle, the British had learned many lessons in modern warfare while the Germans had suffered irreplaceable losses. British historian Sir James Edmonds stated, "It is not too much to claim that the foundations of the final victory on the Western Front were laid by the Somme offensive of 1916". For the first time the home front in Britain was exposed to the horrors of modern war with the release of the propaganda film The Battle of the Somme, which used actual footage from the first days of the battle.

The Somme experienced war twice more in the First and Second Battles of the Somme of 1918. Population development since 1801: Cantons of the Somme department Communes of the Somme department Arrondissements of the Somme department Somme General Council GPS-Teamproject "Verdun - Somme - 1916" War diary of RFC Wireless Operator at start of the Battle of the Somme Prefecture of Somme website General council's website Photos from Somme

I Am (2010 American drama film)

I Am is a 2010 faith-based, non-linear, drama film written and directed by John Ward, produced by John Ward, Chris Marcus, professional baseball veteran Todd Zeile, through Bay Ridge Films and Upper Room Media and released by 20th Century Fox. Co-produced by Stefan Hajek and Aaron Breeden, shot and edited by Chris Marcus, the film stars Tomas Boykin, Jay Hindle, Todd Zeile, John Ward, Greg Fisk, Amy Holland, Christinna Chauncey, Stefan Hajek. On October 10, 2010, the film had a limited release in 2,500 churches worldwide in preparation for its DVD release of November 2, 2010. Documenting 10 people and their failure to follow the 10 commandments, the project was in production for 18 months. I Am is a series of modern-day lessons from the Ten Commandments and was produced from a minimal budget by the creators and producers of the'Liquid Series' in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Irvine, over various shooting days in 2008 and 2009; the feature film has been described as a "Christian Crash" both by Hollywood executives and Christian pastors.

I Am was created and produced by the same team that created the Liquid DVD series, was shot with the support of, in cooperation with, Mariners Church in Irvine, California. Many locations were donated; as an alternative to a traditional theatrical release, the producers and distributors opted instead to release the film as a world premiere screening across North America in 1,500 churches before release to the general public. The film soundtrack for I Am features songs by both Christian and secular groups and artists, such as Katharine McPhee, Michael Johns, John Driskell Hopkins, Rasa 9, Travis Ryan. Original score for the film was produced by Christian Lundberg. Music supervisor was Stefan Hajek. "Salvation is Here" - Travis Ryan "Fools Gold" - Michael Johns "Say Goodbye" - Katharine McPhee "Free” - Tim Timmons "Don’t Run Away” - Tim Timmons "Facedown" - Sandfrog "Save Yourself" - Sandfrog "Cool As We" - Stickfigure "Lazy Man" - John Driskell Hopkins "Girl" - Joel Eckels and Paper Sun "Bittersweet Illusion" - JetStream "Halfway to Happiness" - JetStream "On and On" - JetStream "I Am" - Jessica Specht "Say Goodbye" - Rasa 9A music video for the song, "Say Goodbye," by Katharine McPhee, features footage from the film.

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Bhanu Sri Mehra

Bhanu Sri Mehra is an Indian film actress who has appeared in Telugu and Punjabi films. Hailing from Amritsar, Bhanu Sri finished her schooling in Dehradun and moved to Mumbai, Maharashtra to pursue her graduation in Mass Media, she started modelling for commercials and print ads. She made her debut in Gunasekhar's Varudu, which featured her alongside Allu Arya. Prior to release, the film opted not to show any promotional material of Bhanu Sri to keep in line with the film, where Allu Arjun's character only sees her face at their wedding; the film was a box office bomb. The film's failure meant that she went unnoticed and did not get a lead role in a high-profile Telugu film subsequently. Before Varudu, she had done a cameo in the Bollywood film Bachna Ae Haseeno. Bhanu Sri went on to play the second lead in the Tamil film Udhayan alongside Arulnithi and Pranitha, which failed to achieve success, too. While she appeared in secondary characters in low-profile Telugu and Tamil films in the following years, she landed starring roles in three films in the Punjabi language, her mother tongue.

She shot for a Hindi film titled Boyss Toh Boyss Hain. Several Telugu projects, including Chilkur Balaji, Prematho Cheppana, Maharaja Sri Galigadu, Lingadu-Ramalingadu, Antha Nee Mayalone, all films she had started filming for, did not see a theatrical release. In 2015, she signed up a new Tamil film, which would see her playing a news reporter, she has completed Deal Raja, too. Bhanu Sri Mehra on IMDb