MAMETZ WOOD: Somme

By Michael Renshaw

Mametz wooden and the close by village of Fricourt represented a moment part of the British offensive at the Somme in 1916. one of the such a lot dramatic reminders of the earlier to be chanced on this present day are the websites linked to the thirty eighth (Welsh) department.
Mametz wooden and the within reach village of Fricourt represented a moment section of the British offensive at the Somme in 1916. British troops have been assigned to assault a seriously fortified quadrangle simply to the west of the wooden. The assault used to be a expensive failure yet, for as soon as the commanding generals of the divisions concerned have been relieved. at the present time the positioning comprises a lot of curiosity, either to the customer and the final reader. Markers and preserved emplacements illustrate the numerous assaults introduced within the zone, in addition to the lengthy sessions of trench war. males from the economic North of britain fought right here with the seventeenth (Northern) department and their monuments are rather evocative of the era.

Among the main dramatic reminders of the previous are the websites linked to the thirty eighth (Welsh) department. Siegfried Bassoon and Robert Graves either served with the department and activities during this quarter are relatively well-recorded in English literature. a piece of the sphere is ruled by way of the division's pink Dragon statue, a up to date addition yet already well-liked by travelers. The French looked the Welsh ("Galois" in French) as long-lost family, and the division's moments were rather good kept-up.

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