Friday 12 August 2016

Day Forty Three on the Somme

Saturday 12th August 1916 From our Correspondent in the Field

It seems as if the Somme battle is now revolving around the small village of Guillemont, or rather around its remains. The French today attacked and seized a considerable amount of ground around Maurepas, to the south-east. This evening troops from 55th (West Lancashire) Division attacked the spur of ground south of Guillemont expecting a French effort alongside them. By the time the attack had been underway for a while it became clear that the French were “no shows”. We understand that the attack has been aborted and that the troops will be withdrawn after dark.  

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