The Battle of the Somme - The 12 Battles of the Somme (1 July - 18 November, 1916) - CWGC

The infantry's named objectives (as recorded on maps and instructions) were often impossible to recognise in a terrain devoid of distinguishing features - thus making good co-ordination Two soldiers cooking with a scrounged stove in a trench at Ovillersbetween the attackers and their artillery support virtually impossible. Some of the allocated names to uniformly shattered positions were a credit to the imaginative capabilities of the staff who created them and their poetic variety even prompted later comment by the official historian; "The ingenuity of staffs, commanders and others was constantly exercised in finding names for new German trenches." 'Military Operations. France and Belgium, 1916', compiled by Captain Wilfrid Miles, 1938 (f.n., p.435). It is hard to believe any irony was intended by such names as Hazy Trench, Rainy and Dewdrop Trenches, Cloudy and Mild Trenches but the contrasts offered between their more gentle associations with wet English summer afternoons and the dreadful realities they in fact posed for the attacking troops would not have been lost on some of the participants.

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