By Stephen Bull
This attractive examine pits the volunteers of Kitchener's 'New Armies' opposed to the German veterans who defended the Somme area within the bloody battles of July-November 1916. The robust fight for the Somme quarter of the Western entrance within the moment 1/2 1916 has end up remembered for the dreadful toll of casualties inflicted on Britain's 'New Armies' via the German defenders at the first day of the offensive, 1 July. The conflict endured, in spite of the fact that, in the course of the autumn and basically got here to a detailed within the sour chilly of mid-November. The British plan depended on the ability of artillery to suppress and damage the German defences; the infantry have been tasked with taking and preserving the German trenches, yet minimum resistance used to be expected. within the occasion the defences have been broken yet no longer destroyed, and small numbers of defenders, a lot of whom had garrisoned the Somme region for plenty of months and knew the floor good, inflicted appalling casualties at the British attackers. each side incurred significant losses, in spite of the fact that; German doctrine emphasized that the 1st line needed to be held or retaken in any respect expenses, a inflexible protective coverage that resulted in very excessive casualties because the Germans threw survivors into advert hoc, piecemeal counterattacks all alongside the line.
Featuring in particular commissioned full-color art and in keeping with meticulous reassessment of the assets.
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Nightly trench raids by English companies during the later nights were repulsed. Early on the 1st July, patrols of the 4th 169 and 7th 169 observed and reported the manning of the enemy forward positions. In a state of great expectation, all parts of the regiment were prepared for the sight of the enemy onslaught. (Jackson 1924) INTO COMBAT Given the final crescendo of the British barrage, what followed was expected by the German defenders – and even a relief: ‘Over there in closed rifle ranks, come the attacking English.
Blythe and his company then moved on to the quarry where they met with ‘very heavy’ machine-gun fire and both sides threw a ‘large quantity’ of grenades, ‘the enemy also making use of smoke bombs’ (TNA WO 95/2339/3). Oberleutnant Osthelder was killed leading a reserve platoon of the Bavarian regiment in an immediate effort to eject the British. O. Twist lost direction during the advance, straying northward and finding the enemy wire north of the quarry uncut, but having to cross gaps commanded by enemy machine guns led to ‘many casualties’.
104 and Nr. 107, and 2. Reserve-Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 13. Reserve Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 104 was held in pairs of companies, most as far back as Sailly and the third position, but with Nr. 2 and Nr. 6 miles) of the village. Serving with Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 104 alongside the regiment’s own machine-gun company was Maschinengewehr-Scharfschützen-Trupp Nr. 197. Though the Germans had seen hard service, the three attacking battalions of 90th Brigade would be confronted by not markedly inferior numbers of defenders, spread out, deployed in depth, and copiously equipped with machine guns.