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

Artillery support and co-ordination for the infantry operations were outstanding but not A row of wounded British soldiers having tea and food at a dressing station near Aveluy Wood, 13 Novemberwithout a number of regrettable errors and omissions - including some instances of 'friendly-fire' casualties. Again, although the German wire had for the most part been well cut, significant sections of barbed wire defences remained intact (some hidden in fields of crops) which considerably hampered the advance of the 1st East Surreys (5th Division) on Morval, the 2nd Grenadier Guards in front of Lesboeufs and both the 10th King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and 1st East Yorkshires (21st Division) whilst approaching Gird Trench. In all cases the delays resulted in heavy casualties: the Guards Division for example lost in the region of 1,900 men (killed, wounded or missing) by the time they had secured their objectives.


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