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Tanks on the Somme

From Morval to Beaumont Hamel Trevor Pidgeon. this right-hand flank. As soon
as the order 'Tanks Advance' had been given, both machines were to proceed via
the Guillemont–Combles road which separated Bouleaux and Leuze Woods ...

Author : Trevor Pidgeon

Release : 2010-08-19

Publisher : Casemate Publishers

ISBN : 1844687902

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On 15 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, tanks - one of the decisive weapons of twentieth-century warfare - were sent into action for the first time. In his previous books Trevor Pidgeon, one of the leading authorities on the early tanks, has told the story of that memorable day, but only now has his account of later tank operations during the Somme battle become available. In this, his last work which was completed shortly before he died, he reconstructs the tank actions that took place between late September and November when the Somme offensive was closed down. His account gives a vivid insight into the actions and experiences of the tank crews, and it shows the appalling dangers they faced as they maneuvered their crude, vulnerable and unreliable machines towards the enemy. His book will be essential reading for anyone who is familiar with his previous studies of the subject and for anyone who wants to follow in the tracks of the tanks as they lumbered across the battlefield nearly 100 years ago.

The Tank Corps

CHAPTER IV VA MA THE FIRST TANK BATTLES — THE ATTACK ON MORVAL ,
PLERS , THE QUADRILATERAL , THIEPVAL AND BEAUMONT - HAMEL It was
not till the Somme offensive , which was launched on July 1 , 1916 , had been in
 ...

Author : Clough Williams-Ellis

Release : 1919

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The Middlebrook Guide to the Somme Battlefields

Le Sars, Morval and Combles are not as well remembered as BeaumontHamel
, La Boisselle or Fricourt. If you visit this section of the Somme battlefield, do not
take the absence of cemeteries and memorials and the brevity of notes in this
guide as evidence that the struggle here in late ... Martinpuich was captured on
the morning of 15 September by the 15th (Scottish) Division supported by one
tank.

Author : Mary Middlebrook

Release : 2007-01-01

Publisher : Casemate Publishers

ISBN : 1844155331

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Since Roman times, the French department of the Somme has witnessed many wars, including Grecy (1346), Agincourt (1415), the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and, of course, the two World Wars. It is the Great War that has the dubious distinction of being the most notorious and 1 July 1916, the opening day of the Battle of the Somme, was the costliest in our nation's long history with some 60,000 British casualties. Thirty-five years ago Martin Middlebrook opened his literary career by writing The First Day on the Somme and, seven years later, The Kaiser's Battle, his description of the first day of the German 1918 Spring Offensive over much the same area. Having also taken numerous tours and given many lectures he knows the ground intimately. This superb guide book sets out to describe every place on the Somme where there is a military cemetery, memorial, preserved trench or crater not just from the First World War but throughout the ages until the Allies swept away the Nazi armies during their 1944 advance. Aided by his wife Mary, Martin has used his encyclopaedic knowledge to make this a truly formidable work. It is more than just a guide book as readers will benefit from the descriptive powers and sound research that are the hallmarks of this highly respected historian.

Attack on the Somme

... Attack Campaign Chronicle 1 July: The Attack on Gommecourt 1 July: The
Attack on Serre 1 July: The Attack on Beaumont Hamel 1 July: The ... Flers–
Courcelette 26 September: The Further Battle for Thiepval Ridge 26–28
September: The Battle of Morval 1–31 October: The Battle ... of the Campaign
The Losses Manpower Communications The Tanks The Artillery Tactics Morale
Summary Appendices.

Author : Martin Pegler

Release : 2006-09-15

Publisher : Casemate Publishers

ISBN : 178159709X

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The Battle of the Somme is fixed in the country's collective memory as a disaster—probably the bloodiest episode in the catalogue of futile offensives launched by the British on the Western Front. Over five months of desperate fighting in 1916 the British wrestled with the Germans for control of a narrow strip of innocuous French countryside. When the fighting petered out the British had barely pushed back the Germans from their original positions for a combined casualty figure of over a million men. But after 80 years this notorious episode in western military history deserves to be reassessed.Previously unpublished eyewitness accounts are used to give a fascinating first-hand view of the immediate experience of the fighting. As Martin Pegler shows, a revision in our assessment of the Somme, in particular of the tactics and the weaponry employed by the combatants, is overdue, and he challenges the traditional assumptions about the course of the battle and its future impact on the development of warfare.

Understanding the Somme 1916

This is a guidebook with a difference.

Author : Thomas Scotland

Release : 2014-10-19

Publisher : Helion and Company

ISBN : 191029490X

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This is a guidebook with a difference. It is not a list of memorials and cemeteries. Its aim is to provide the reader with an understanding of the Battle of the Somme. There were some partial successes; there were many disastrous failures. In 17 concise chapters dealing with different areas of the battlefield and various aspects of strategy, this book explains what happened in each location and why. Each chapter is accompanied by color photographs, taken by the authors in the course of many visits to the Somme, which will illustrate, illuminate and allow the reader to understand important points made in the text. It doesn`t matter whether you are in your armchair, on foot, on a bicycle, or in a car, this book will effortlessly transport you to the battlefield and will sweep you round the front line of 1 July 1916. From Montauban in the south, to Serre in the north, it will lead you to the night attack of 14 July and to the first use of tanks on 15 September. It will take you to the Pozières Ridge and to Mouquet Farm, and to the heights above the Ancre. You will visit the famous Sunken Lane near Beaumont Hamel, where the text will transport you in time to stand with men from the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers waiting to go over the top on 1 July 1916. You will look towards Hawthorn Mine Crater and almost feel the earth tremble beneath your feet as though you were there at 07.20 hrs. on 1 July 1916. You will go into Beaumont Hamel with the 51st (Highland) Division and climb up Wagon Road. You will look across to where Frankfurt Trench once was, and where men from the 16th Highland Light Infantry from Glasgow fought a last ditch battle, having become marooned in the trench, in what was the last action to take place before the Somme finally petered out in the mud in late November 1916. With its focus on informing and illuminating the events of 1916 on the Somme, and illustrated throughout by carefully annotated color photographs showing the sites today, this book will prove equally essential to the battlefield visitor or the 'virtual visitor' in their armchair.

Tracing British Battalions on the Somme

In front line opposite Beaumont-Hamel by end July. Later rested and ... Active
during September operations around Ginchy, Flers, Gueudecourt and Morval. 'D'
Company dug out 2 tanks stuck in mud early in attack on Flers (15/9). Relieved ...

Author : Ray Westlake

Release : 2009-01-15

Publisher : Pen and Sword

ISBN : 1844158853

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Although seventy-eight years have passed since the Battle of the Somme was fought, interest in this, the bloodiest battle of the First World War, has never waned. Ray Westlake has collated all the information so painstakingly gathered, to produce a comprehensive compendium of the exact movements of every battalion involved in the battle. This book is invaluable not only to researchers but to all those visiting the battlefield and anxious to trace the movements of their forbears.

Chapel Street

On 25 September, Morval, Lesboeufs and Gueudecourt were secured by the
British Army, with the French taking Combles. ... and in November, as the
outcome of an advance, both sides of the Ancre, St Pierre Divion, Beaucourt and
Beaumont-Hamel. The Battle of the Somme successfully met its objectives
against the Germans, who had amassed more than half their army on ... The
battle was a brilliant victory for the British Army, due in part to the new British
secret weapon of the tank.

Author : Sheila Brady

Release : 2017-11-20

Publisher : The History Press

ISBN : 0750986336

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Chapel Street was a row of old Georgian terraced lodging houses in Altrincham, home to some 400 Irish, English, Welsh and Italian lodgers. From this tight-knit community of just sixty houses, 161 men volunteered for the First World War. They fought in all the campaigns of the war, with twenty-nine men killed in action and twenty dying from injuries soon after the war; more men were lost in action from Chapel Street than any other street in England. As a result, King George V called Chapel Street ‘the Bravest Little Street in England’. The men that came home returned to a society unfamiliar with the processes of rehabilitation. Fiercely proud, they organised their own Roll of Honour, which recorded all the names of those brave men who volunteered. This book highlights their journeys through war and peace. Royalties from the sale of this book will help support the vital work of the charity Walking With the Wounded and its housing, health, employment and training programmes for ex-service personnel.

Staff Officer

This is an example of the inept planning and tactics employed by the British Army
on the Somme in 1916. ... In the Battle of Morval, 25–28 September, 1916,
Rawlinson's 4th Army renewed the offensive to take the objectives which had not
been secured during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. ... During the Somme
offensive tanks were used for the first time in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on 15
September, 1916 ... This allowed the successful attack on Beaumont Hamel on
13 November.

Author : Brian Bond

Release : 1987-10-01

Publisher : Pen and Sword

ISBN : 1473813603

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This book tells the story of Walter Guinness and his action during world war I. He served at Gallipoli and on the western front.

The War of the Nations

These strong posts on the Ancre From Beaumont Hamel to Beaucourt the fight
was had proved too strong for us in July ; the great undera stern one . ... shall fail
to recognise Tanks , to compensate for the destruction which our the credit due to
the armies led by Joffre and Haig ... course of the battle of the Somme ) was
respon - modern battles round Thiepval , Morval , Combles , and sible for saving
more ...

Author : William Le Queux

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An Illustrated Companion to the First World War

06 . . , Le Transloy - Beaucourt sur Ancre Courcelette Lesboeufs Martinpulchoi
Sailly High Wood • Morval 9 Delville Wood Pozières • le ... Mametz Wood Trones
Wood Guillemonti Rancourt SOMME OFFENSIVE , 21 March - 5 April 1918 The ...
Twelve divisions , supported by 36 tanks secretly shipped to the front , faced six
and a half German divisions . ... On Joffre ' s instruction the battle continued into
November with Beaumont Hamel , a field fortress , and Beaumont itself falling
before ...

Author : Anthony Peter Charles Bruce

Release : 1989

Publisher : Michael Joseph

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This handsome volume explores WWI in a panoramic account that encompasses its historical context, military ramifications, strategic innovations, political events, and such unusual topics as mutinies. Illustrated.

Encyclopaedia Britannica, a New Survey of Universal Knowledge

These successes removed the main obstacles to important operation in the
Somme offensive took the shape of an the advance of the British centre , freeing it
from the menace of attack on Beaumont Hamel by seven divisions on Nov . ... to
active operations which were not resumed on any considerable mans ' original
last line between Morval and Le Sars , in co ... Thereby the British troops were
special feature was the employment for the first time of tanks doomed to spend
the winter in ...

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Encyclopædia Britannica

Author : Walter Yust

Release : 1951

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Encyclopaedia Britannica

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Release : 1964

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The Encyclopædia Britannica

Six of the first establishments of tanks within six months of the order for them
having been placed at a were equipped with a ... between the Somme and the
Ancre that the tanks were the surface of the ground by a hydraulic ram at the back
of the to ... of descent of the tank after crossing a summit , and the extra length
seize Morval , Les Boeufs , Gueudecourt and Flers . ... Next day , in an attack on a
field work south of Beaumont Hamel , one machine out of three employed was
put out of ...

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Release : 1922

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Information

When Morval At this juncture very unfavorable weather set in was reached the
time would arrive to swing the left and continued practically unbroken ... The
tanks entered Fers at showed no signs of improvement . ... followed on Sept 25 ,
at 12.35 of the ground captured east of Le Sars . p . m . , by a general attack on
the whole front from the Somme to Martinpuich . ... The tanks Beaumont Hamel
spur .

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The Encyclopaedia Britannica

Six of the first establishments of tanks were equipped with a wireless set capable
of sending and also to some degree of receiving . ... Meanwhile , the Somme
offensive having come to a standstill in spite of the power of the British artillery
then available , it ... Army was to break through the enemy's front between the
Combles ravinę and Martinpuich and seize Morval , Les ... Next day , in an attack
on a field work south of Beaumont Hamel , one machine out of three employed
was put out ...

Author : Hugh Chisholm

Release : 1922

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The Book of History: The events of 1916 ... 1917 and summary

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o Koš Feolo reots - wetres sur-Somme engrooroo: - In the opening action of the
Allied offensive, July 1, the British front of attack was about ... The 4th Stage,
launched November 11, swung across the Ancre from St. Pierre Divion to
Beaumont Hamel and Beaucourt. A Tank Advancing Into Action CHAPTER XXXIII
The Battle of.

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The Encyclopædia Britannica

Six of the first establishments of tanks were equipped with a wireless set capable
of sending and also to some degree of receiving. ... Mcanwhile, the Somme
offensive having come to a standstill in spite of the power of the British artillery
then available, ... Army was to break through the enemy's front between the
Combles ravine and Martinpuich and seize Morval, Les ... Next day, in an attack
on a field work south of Beaumont, Hamel, one machine out of three employed
was put out of ...

Author : Hugh Chisholm

Release : 1922

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Information Annual

When Morval was reached the time would arrive to swing the left across Thiepval
ridge . The French ... followed on Sept 25 , at 12.35 p . m . , by a general attack on
the whole front from the Somme to Martinpuich . ... The tanks assisted . ...
Progress continued eastward and northward up the slopes of Beaumont Hamel
spur .

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Release : 1917

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