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By Michael Renshaw

Beaucourt is without doubt one of the final elements of the conflict of the Somme nonetheless to be lined, before, by way of the luxurious Battleground Europe sequence. It was once additionally one of many final activities of the conflict of the Somme, 1916.The eventual seize of Beaucourt besides Beaumont Hamel compelled the Germans to retreat to their new defensive line often called the Hindenburg Line. Readers are taken on a voyage of discovery during the village of Beaucourt and alongside the banks of the Ancre towards Cambrai.

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Beaucourt sur Ancre is now grammatically correct as Beaucourt sur l’Ancre. I am sure that as far as the history is concerned though, Beaumont-Hamel will always remain and be remembered as one of the most feared and famous names on the battlefield and as such is carved on many a memorial and recorded in many a book. Gunfire can still be heard on the Somme battlefields. The French thirst for ‘La Chasse’ (the hunt) is as unquenched as ever and from September onwards through to the spring, care must be taken, especially at weekends.

A barrage of huge proportions was devised which was to smash the German defences and thus provide the inexperienced troops with a simplified objective. 1,513 field guns were placed, on average, every twenty yards with a heavy gun every sixty yards. Inexplicably, though, among those things overlooked was the existence of the deep dugouts within which the Germans sheltered in considerable number and comfort. Although one of these had been captured by the French not far away, the significance of this apparently was not sufficiently recognised.

30am. 30am. Ensor, Atkinson, Johnston C, and Brew were in command respectively and 11 other platoon officers, that was all that were allowed in the actual assault: and about 600 men. Of these Johnston was killed. Atkinson, Townsend, Hollywood, Montgomery, Seggie, Stewart are missing, believed killed. Brew, Gibson Jackson, Shillington, Andrews, Smith, Barcroft, Capt Ensor are wounded and 518 other ranks are casualties. 57 killed 158 missing 303 wounded Total 518 The 1st wave got away without suffering badly, the 2nd wave had many casualties, and the 3rd and 4th waves were mown down by machine gun fire, frontal and enfilade before they reached the ravine.

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