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THE VIEW FROM THE GERMAN REAR LINES ON THE HIGH GROUND

NEAR BEAUMONT HAMEL

3rd SEPTEMBER 1916

This photograph shows the terrain up which the 11th Royal Sussex and 14th Hampshires were trying to advance. On the horizon can be seen the Thiepval Memorial lying behind Thiepval Wood from whence the 49th Division began their attack. The trees on the horizon at the left hand side of the photograph mark the location of the dreaded German "Schwaben Redoubt". This position was actually reached by men of the 36th (Ulster) Division on 1st July 1916 but had to be abandoned as the battalions adjacent to the Ulstermen could not make similar progress.

The ground in the picture was not captured until the 13th November 1916 when the Royal Naval Division made their attack on nearby Beaucourt. By the 18th November 1916 the Battle of the Somme was ended and Blunden and his battalion left for the Ypres Salient.

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