Battleground Europe Somme - Redan Ridge by Michael Renshaw

By Michael Renshaw

The battling on Redan Ridge in 1916 has lengthy been overshadowed via occasions on every one flank, specifically Serre at the left and Beaumont Hamel at the correct. On 1 July 1916 the field used to be occupied via the 4th department, made of a number of the veteran general battalions, the previous Contemptibles, even supposing few of the unique individuals had survived up to now. It used to be almost always Territorials and new military males who fought right here. a different function comprises little identified money owed of occasions on the Quadrilateral on that fateful day. The November battles contain the second department and the thirty second department and comprise the fight around the dust to Beaumont trench, Frankfurt and Munich trenches. Biographical info of a few of the well-known males who took half, comparable to H H Munroe, the writer Saki and A A Milne, author and writer of Winnie the Pooh, also are incorporated.

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The CO of the Seaforths, Hodge, Bertie Ravenscroft, Hall, Watkins, Mansell, and Rougier were in the Quad with him and stayed there till 2am. July 2nd, bombing the whole time. CSM Laverick and Sgt Albon were there too. These two found a Stokes gun and although they had never seen one before worked it till they ran dry of ammunition. B. Farrow was killed in No Man’s Land on his way back having been with the others all the time. The Roman Road (Watling Street) on the afternoon of July 1st was ghastly, wounded in every place conceivable coming up all the time.

He, too, was very tough in the face of disaster and was able to remain cool under intense pressure. So the two men met and disagreed on the battle plan. To Haig it seemed that the Somme was not the appropriate place. There had been little action there and all the Germans had to do was to dig. This they did to great effect, with the assistance of prisoners of war from the eastern front, establishing deep underground redoubts, barracks, munitions dumps and even hospitals. The defensive positions were always carefully constructed to maximum advantage and any weaknesses supported by additional considerations.

Reports as to the size of this group vary, from a few to several hundred. Two British aircraft bravely flew at very low level up and down the lines and it was from one of these that the reports of a breakthrough emanated. Because of the poor visibility, due to smoke and dust, several hundred men in a limited location could well have been mistaken as a breakthrough, and so I favour the idea that a substantial number of men from mixed units, including some from the 31st ‘Pals’ Division, got through.

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