By Stephen Bull
This enticing learn pits the volunteers of Kitchener's 'New Armies' opposed to the German veterans who defended the Somme quarter within the bloody battles of July-November 1916. The robust fight for the Somme region of the Western entrance within the moment 1/2 1916 has turn out to be remembered for the dreadful toll of casualties inflicted on Britain's 'New Armies' by way of the German defenders at the first day of the offensive, 1 July. The conflict endured, even if, through the autumn and simply got here to a detailed within the sour chilly of mid-November. The British plan trusted the ability of artillery to suppress and smash the German defences; the infantry have been tasked with taking and protecting the German trenches, yet minimum resistance used to be expected. within the occasion the defences have been broken yet now not destroyed, and small numbers of defenders, a lot of whom had garrisoned the Somme quarter 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 shielding coverage that resulted in very excessive casualties because the Germans threw survivors into advert hoc, piecemeal counterattacks all alongside the line.
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Extra info for British Infantryman vs German Infantryman: Somme 1916
Württembergisches) Nr. Infanterie-Division, having suffered casualties equivalent to 69 per cent of its strength at Verdun earlier in the year. The Stahlhelm was introduced experimentally at Verdun and was in general issue to front-line troops on the Somme. Unteroffizier Georg Bucher got his first steel helmet, and much else, on arrival in the sector: ‘I had been determined, ever since we left Villiers, to get hold of one of those steel buckets: I therefore decided to take my party across to the concrete cabins, where an artillery NCO graciously dispensed, for a suitable consideration, steel helmets, hand grenades, gas masks, dixies, breech blocks, and so on … The things are worth their weight in gold’ (Bucher 2006: 106).
Meanwhile the enemy barrage had restarted, with shells falling in quantity between Guillemont and Trônes. German companies hitherto held back, including those of Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 104, were now set in motion, pushing forward into Leuze Wood. What happened to 16th Manchester could not be determined until much later, but according to the signal section account the battalion managed to get into position by 0330hrs, so were ready to attack at dawn: ‘The attack was a failure, and for a time everything was hopeless chaos.
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