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

Schwaben Redoubt, formed from a roughly triangular shaped set of mutually supporting trench systems, was perhaps the most formidable in the German second line. An extensive arrangement of well constructed field-works - effectively a battlefield fortress or ‘redoubt’- it possessed all-round defences and was linked by a maze of subterranean passages and interconnecting tunnels. The position included medical facilities and a telephone exchange. From 28 September to 6 October the Schwaben Redoubt was repeatedly attacked by 18th Division units. Despite these assaults the Division failed to dislodge its beleaguered German defenders from the north-west corner of the position.


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