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Topic: Battle of Bazentin Ridge

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As calm was beginning to fall across the battlefield the Leicesters had successfully taken all of their objectives, but for the battalions the Battle of Bazentin Ridge was a disaster.
The Battle of Bazentin starkly demonstrated the downside of what became effectively Pals Battalions in Kitchener's New Army, the numbing weight of casualties that affected individual communities.
When the battle for Epehy was effectively over and its defence had cost the Leicesters 31 Officers and 1200 other ranks although there is no doubt that the defence of Epehy was one of the stoutest and longest defences of the war.
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  Battle of The Somme Encyclopedia Article @ GetitFreeHere.com (Get It Free Here)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
One purpose of the battle was to draw German forces away from the Battle of Verdun; however, by its end the losses on the Somme had exceeded those at Verdun.
In one significant respect, the Battle of the Somme was a major strategic success for the British as on 12 July, in response to the Somme fighting and the situation in the east, Falkenhayn called off the German offensive at Verdun.
The attack, known as the Battle of Bazentin Ridge, was aimed at capturing the German second defensive position which ran along the crest of the ridge from Pozières, on the Albert–Bapaume road, southeast towards the villages of Guillemont and Ginchy.
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 battle of the somme   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
As horrific as the battle of the Somme is in British memory, it also had a staggering impact on the German army; one officer famously described it as "the muddy grave of the German field army".
Prior to the Battle of the Somme, Germany had regarded Britain as a naval power and discounted her as a military force to be reckoned with, believing her major enemies were France and Russia.
The strategic effects of the Battle of the Somme cannot obscure the fact that it was one of the most dreadful World War 1 battles.
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 World War One Battles
The battle is often regarded as demonstrating that the Royal Navy was technologically inferior to the German Navy.
With the entire ridge wholly under Allied control by 12 April (when Hill 145, the highest feature on the ridge, fell) the operation was judged a spectacular success, the single most successful Allied advance on the Western Front to that date.The ridge remained in Allied hands for the remainder of the war.
These battles, and those British and Commonwealth soldiers who gave their lives, are commemorated at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, and at the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the world with nearly 12,000 graves.
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 Battle of Bazentin Ridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, launched by the British Fourth Army at dawn on 14 July 1916, marked the start of the second phase of the Battle of the Somme.
On the right, attacking between Bazentin le Grand and Longueval were the two XIII Corps divisions, left to right, the 3rd Division and the 9th (Scottish) Division.
Following the loss of the Bazentin ridge, the Germans built a "switch trench", known as the Switch Line, to connect their second position near Pozières with their third position under construction on the next ridge.
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 First World War.com - Battles - The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, 1916
A subsidiary attack of the Somme Offensive, and
The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, which ran from 14-17 July 1916 and comprised part of the second phase of the Somme Offensive, was launched primarily by Reserve Army (twelve battalions) with Rawlinson's Fourth Army providing a further battalion, on a front extending from Longueval to Bazentin-le-Petit Wood.
Opened at dawn on the 14th (unusually so; Douglas Haig, the British Commander-in-Chief, was suspicious of night attacks), and preceded by a short sharp five minute artillery bombardment - just enough time to send exposed German defenders to their dugouts - the infantry moved forward.
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 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment:- Battles of the Somme, 1916
In no other series of battles fought on the Western Front were more Battalions of the Middlesex Regiment engaged than in the operations on the Somme in 1916.
Controversy will continue to rage as to whether the Somme Battles of 1916 were justified: whether the objects of the Allied Commanders-in-Chief were sound tactics and strategy: whether the enormous expenditure of life was worth the relatively small gains of ground.
The Battle opened very early in the morning of the 14th (3.25 a.m.); indeed, there was only just sufficient light in which to distinguish friend from foe at short ranges.
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Rawlinson noted in his War Diary that the total number of men involved at the start of the battle were about 500,000, that there were 1,500 guns of which 450 were of a large calibre, 150,000 rounds were fired in the day and 50,000 in the night into the enemy front lines.
North of Bazentin le Petit the German counterattack was repulsed.
The Battle of the Ancre begins on a foggy morning and Beaumont Hamel is stormed by the British.
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 Battle of Thiepval Ridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Battle of Thiepval Ridge was the first large offensive mounted by the British Reserve Army of Lieutenant General Hubert Gough during the Battle of the Somme.
Beginning on 26 September, the battle saw the capture of the German fortress of Thiepval which had been an objective on 1 July 1916, the first day on the Somme, and had repeatedly defied British attempts to capture it.
General Gough was keen to continue the pressure on the German defences and so the fighting entered a new attritional phase, known as the Battle of the Ancre Heights.
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 21st Division 1914-18 | divisional history of the great war   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The battles of the Somme and in particular the 1st day, has and probably will for eternity be the symbol in the publics eye of the greatest wasteful, murderous massacre that the British Army has been involved in.
Gone were the days of the professional army, those that survived the days of 1914, had paid the price in the costly battles of 1915, the army was mainly made up of the New Army Divisions, raised as we have seen by Kitchener, who foresore the length and costliness the war would take.
However the division like the army in the main had not been involved in any major actions since Loos and it would be the battle of the Somme that would be the test of all that had been done.
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Since early 1915 the Canadian divisions had been featuring prominently in British battles and as the struggle on the Somme wore on, the Anzacs and South Africans were called upon but on the first day the only non-British troops attacking on the British sector were small units from Bermuda and Newfoundland.
While this was a substantial increase on the artillery used in previous British battles, the array of tasks allotted and the length of front to be bombarded exceeded the capacity of the guns available.
Ten mines were prepared for the first day of the battle; three large mines in excess of 20 tons and seven smaller ones, around 5,000 lb in size.
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 World War 1: World War 1 Battles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Battle of the Ardennes, -- 21 August 1914
Battle of the Yser, -- 18 October 1914
Battle of the Falkland Islands, -- 8 December 1914
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 Research The Records Of The Royal Irish Regiment
In recognition of the work done by the Royal Irish Regiment the 1st Battalion was taken to Pretoria to represent Ireland at the ceremony of proclaiming the annexation of the Transvaal on the 25th Oct 1900.
First Battle of the Somme 21st Mar to 3rd Apr. Also known as the German Spring Offensive or to the Germans as The Kaiserschlact.
Battle of the Canal du Nord 27th Sept to 1st Oct.
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 First World War.com - Battles - All by Date
This section contains details of actions, battles and offensives fought during World War One on all fronts.
These include landmark battles fought at Tannenberg (on the east), Aisne, Verdun and the Somme (on the west), along the Isonzo (Italy) and at Jutland (at sea).
The sidebar to the right allows you to view actions by theatre; currently you can choose to sort battles fought on the Eastern, Western, Gallipoli, Italian, Palestine and Mesopotamian fronts; plus the African Wars and encounters fought at sea.
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 battle_of_the_somme   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The battle is best remembered therefore its first day, 1 July 1916, on which the British suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 dead — the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army.
The British daily loss rate during the Battle of the Somme was 2,943 men, which exceeded the loss rate during the Third Battle of Ypres but was not as severe as the two months of the Battle of Arras (4,076 per day) or the final Hundred Days offensive in 1918 (3,685 per day).
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Bazentin was one in a series of battles of the Somme offensive.
Under the leadership of General Rawlinson there had been a "heavy" bombardment by the allied artillery for at least one week prior to the battle of Bazentin Ridge.
This battle, was considered to be a success for the allies as they took Bazentin Ridge.
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 First World War.com - Battles - The Battle of Delville Wood, 1916
A subsidiary attack of the Somme Offensive, and fought from July 15 until 3 September 1916, the Battle of Delville Wood saw the capture of the wood that had been skirted during the Battle of Bazentin Ridge when Longueval fell to the British on 9 July.
It was essential to the British that the wood be cleared of Germans before any attack could be launched on the formidable, and notorious, German Switch Line.
The task of capturing the wood was handed to the South African Brigade of some 3,150 men, attached to the 9th Scottish Division.
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In November 1917 the battalion went with the division to Italy, and in November 1918 was in Austria, east of Trent.
Battle of Pozières Ridge: 23-27 July and 13-28 August
Battle of the Ancre Heights: 3 -11 November
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 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment
Preparations for the Battle of Loos 30th June to 24th September 1915.
Battle of Loos 25th September to 30th September 1915.
The Battles of Ypres 1917:- Battle of the Menin Road Ridge 20th to 26th September 1917
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 The 34th Division, 1914-1918
The Battle of Pozieres (third phase of the Battle of the Somme 1916)
The Battle of Flers-Courcelette (sixth phase of the Battle of the Somme 1916) (103rd Brigade)
The Battle of Bailleul (fourth phase of the Battles of the Lys)
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 The 25th Division 1914-1918
As the Somme offensive moved from its early phase (designated the Battle of Albert) to the next major push (the Battle of Bazentin), the 25th Division continued to carry out operations on a small scale in the Ovillers area.
Once again,just as in the Bazentin battle, the Division is recognised as having been in action during the Battle of Pozieres, without being in the area of most attention during the fighting.
From the start of the Battle of the Lys on 9 April, the Division had suffered another 7702 casualties, of whom 270 were known to be dead.
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 The Saskatchewan Dragoons
General Order 7 of 1 February 1928, as amended by General Order 162 of 10 September 1928, details the chronological and geographical limits of each battle of World War I for which battle honours are awarded to Canadian units.
Note that as originally printed, the chart of battles was oriented sideways on the pages (i.e.
A * indicates that no more exact definition of the battle area can be given than that the engagement took place "in the neighbourhood of" the place named.
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 CURRENT RESEARCH ON MEMORIAL   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
July, 1916 came to be known as The Battle of Bazentin Ridge.
Initially successful in that the German trenches were occupied, the attack lost momentum in a landscape restricted by the Bazentins, High and Delville Woods, all of which aided defence.
One party about a dozen lost their direction a little and were making for the Bazentin Wood, they, however, were redirected and recovered the proper direction.
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 World War One Battlefields : The Somme : High Wood
This was known as the Battle of Bazentin Ridge, and in the main was a success, gaining ground and taking the Germans by surprise.
This was located on a ridge, and was used for observation and as a signallers post whilst the assaults on High Wood continued.
At this time, the 2/RWF were near Bazentin churchyard, and as well as the major wounds, Graves also suffered a cut above his eye caused possibly by a chip of marble from one of the headstones there.
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 The 33rd Division, 1914-1918
The Battle of Bazentin (second phase of the Battle of the Somme 1916), and the Attacks on High Wood
The Battle of the Polygon Wood (fourth phase of the Third Battle of Ypres)
The Battle of Bailleul (fourth phase of the Battles of the Lys) (110th Brigade)
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Another of the popular Battleground Europe series, this book gives an account of the Battle of Bazentin Ridge, one of the British Somme offensive battles.
The attack was launched at 0320 hours on 14th July and the fighting continued to 17th July.
The range of titles stocked covers the whole spectrum of military history with titles on uniforms, battles, official histories, specialist works containing medal rolls and casualties lists, and numismatic titles for medal collectors and researchers.
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