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

The French set much store on good daylight observation of artillery fire and consequently favoured daylight attacks. Later the British, after an over-concentration on night assaults (not all wholly successful), came to recognise the value of afternoon attacks which allowed the mornings to be used for observing the effects of bombardments. Afternoon attacks, as well as offering a variant pattern for assaults, were, it was argued, better served by the timing as they allowed for consolidation work to be conducted in the fading light of dusk which would mask activity to the enemy.


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