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

The original Fourth Army plan was for its southernmost Corps, XIII Corps, to attack with two divisions the line Longueval to Bazentin-le-Grand. A piper of the 8th Black Watch leads four men of the 26th Brigade back from the trenches after an attack at Longueval on 14 JulyThe attacking force was to form up under the cover of darkness in No Man's Land (nearly 1,200 yards wide) and move up to within 500 yards of the German line. The adjoining XV Corps (on the left of XIII Corps) was to attack with two divisions against Bazentin-le-Grand Wood to Bazentin-le-Petit village and cemetery from a line along the northern edge of Mametz Wood. There was an obvious need for great secrecy in the moving of large forces in the dark to the correct 'jumping off' positions. The success of the deployment reflected great credit on the men, many of whom were 'New Army' Kitchener volunteers.


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