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

Overall gains from the battle were advances of over 2,000 yards on a front of less than three miles. Ironically the attacks furthest from the points of designated 'breakthrough' had the most success - these were on the centre and left of the advance. The fortified villages of Morval, Lesboeufs, and Gueudecourt that Haig had intended to capture on the 15th remained in German hands as did Combles, the right flank of which had been threatened by the deliberate advances of the French Sixth Army. Lesboeufs and Morval would resist British attacks until 25 September, and Combles and Gueudecourt did not fall until 26 September.

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