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

A C Company Mark 1 (C19 Clan Leslie) in Chimpanzee Valley preparing for action on 15 SeptemberAt about 6.30am on 26 September, a single tank (which had lain concealed in the ruins of Flers overnight) approached a section of Gird Trench just south of Gueudecourt village and provided great service to the infantry attackers by 'shooting-up' the German trench garrison who were forced to flee south-east towards the positions occupied by the Guards Division. The retreating Germans were additionally discomforted by an accurate British bombardment and the attentions of an RFC aeroplane which, having earlier 'spotted' for the bombardment, went on to machine-gun the withdrawing German defenders. An estimated 1,000 yards of enemy trench were cleared and later occupied; eight German officers and 362 other ranks surrendered as a result of the action.


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