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

These constituted the original German defence lines which had been unsuccessfully attacked during the tragic assaults of 1 July, four and a half months earlier. In the intervening period some areas of the British front line had been pushed forward so that for the November attack the average width of No Man’s Land was much reduced – in instances being less than 250 yards.

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