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 Battle of Flers-Courcelette - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, which began on 15 September 1916 and lasted for one week, was the third and last of the large-scale offensives mounted by the British Army during the Battle of the Somme.
On the left flank the Canadian Corps captured Courcelette while in the centre the villages of Martinpuich and Flers were taken but these were short of the original objectives of Gueudecourt and Lesboeufs.
The battle is significant for the first use of the tank in warfare and expectations were high that it would prove a decisive weapon.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Battle_of_Flers-Courcelette   (336 words)

  
 Battle Honours of The Royal Canadian Regiment
The battle of Flers-Courcelette was part of the Battle of the Somme and The Regiment was involved in this battle from September 15 to September 17, 1916, at which time they were relieved by the 52nd and 60the Battalions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Courcelette was taken by the 5th Canadian Brigade on September 15, 1916 with support from the 7th Canadian Brigade of which The Regiment was a part.
This battle was a continuation of the battle of Arras, which was the center for launching attacks in the German occupied zone.
novembercoy.tripod.com /BattleHonours.htm   (14495 words)

  
 Middle East Open Encyclopedia: Battle of the Somme
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.
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.
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.
www.baghdadmuseum.org /ref/index.php?title=Battle_of_the_Somme   (5856 words)

  
 Battle of Flers-Courcelette -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article
The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, which began on 15 September, 1916 and lasted for one week, was the third and last of the large-scale offensives mounted by the (additional info and facts about British Army) British Army during the (Battle in World War I (1916)) Battle of the Somme.
On the left flank the (additional info and facts about Canadian Corps) Canadian Corps captured Courcelette while in the centre the villages of Martinpuich and Flers were taken but these were short of the original objectives of Gueudecourt and Lesboeufs.
The battle is significant for the first use of the (A large (usually metallic) vessel for holding gases or liquids) tank in warfare and expectations were high that it would prove a decisive weapon.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/b/ba/battle_of_flers-courcelette1.htm   (256 words)

  
 World War One Battles
A subsidiary attack of the Somme Offensive, the Battle of Flers-Courcelette was notable for the introduction of tanks.
The Battle of Cambrai, launched in November 1917, heralded the first time tanks were used in significant force, a little over a year after they had made their tentative debut at Flers on the Somme in September 1916.
The battle is often regarded as demonstrating that the Royal Navy was technologically inferior to the German Navy.
webpages.charter.net /wisconsinlegion-7thdistrict/WW1_Battles2.htm   (17855 words)

  
 The Battle of Flers
The Battle of Flers-Courcelette (September 1916) was a subsidiary attack of the Battle of the Somme.
However, what happened at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette was to have a big impact of World War One and was to change warfare forever.
The Battle of Flers-Courcelette was the first occasion that tanks were used in battle.
www.historylearningsite.co.uk /battle_of_flers.htm   (329 words)

  
 Commonwealth War Graves Commission
On the 15th (the Battle of Flers-Courcelette), the village was included in the extreme left of the British attack, and it was taken by the 2nd Canadian Division and Tanks; the 4th and 6th Brigades stormed the outer trenches and the Sugar Factory, and the 5th Brigade seized the village.
Courcelette is a village some 10 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert, just off the D929 road to Bapaume.
The Cemetery, signposted in the village, is approximately 1 kilometre west of the village on the south side of a track (suitable for cars) from the secondary road from Courcelette to Pozieres.
homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk /jhb/family/mans/cwgc/jj.htm   (390 words)

  
 Battle of Flers
15 - 22 September 1916 - The Battle of Flers-Courcelette.
The greatest achievement was the assault on the village of Flers which was nearly a mile forward of the British lines.
So it was on the 1st of July 1916, the most famous, and costly, battle in British military history was launched, without the new weapon in harness.
www.westernfront.co.uk /thegreatwar/articles/timeline/flers.htm   (1256 words)

  
 First World War.com - The Western Front Today - Courcelette Canadian Memorial
Courcelette village featured in the initial use of tanks (along with Flers) in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on 15 September 1916 as part of the ongoing Somme Offensive.
The 2nd Canadian Division successfully expelled German forces from Courcelette on the opening day of the battle (with the assistance of a tank).
The memorial design - an octagonal block of Canadian granite - is the standard Canadian memorial for the Western Front save for the pylons at Vimy Ridge and the Brooding Soldier at St Julien (the latter in the Ypres Salient).
www.firstworldwar.com /today/courcelettememorial.htm   (172 words)

  
 Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Flers was captured on the 15th September, 1916, in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette; it was entered by the New Zealand and 41st Divisions, following the newly-revealed Tanks.
A.I.F. Burial Ground is 2 kilometres north of the village of Flers, in the Department of the Somme.
NORTH ROAD CEMETERY, FLERS, North-West of the village, at the crossing of the Eaucourt-L'Abbaye road with "North Road" (to Factory Corner).
www.wheatleyhill.com /images/people/War_Deaths/craggs_j.htm   (366 words)

  
 Courcelette Memorial - Veterans Affairs Canada
In the offensive that began at dawn, the Canadian Corps assaulted on a two-kilometre front near the village of Courcelette.
For the remainder of the war they were brought along to head the assault in one great battle after another.
Advancing behind a creeping barrage (a tactic only recently adopted by the artillery), the infantry was aided by the "new engine of war", the armoured tank, which frequently threw the enemy into complete confusion.
www.vac-acc.gc.ca /general/sub.cfm?source=Memorials/ww1mem/Courcelette   (543 words)

  
 France
The village of Flers, almost in the middle of the battlefields of the Rivers Ancre and Somme, is about four miles south-west of Bapaume.
In the Battle of Béthune German forces advanced to within three miles of the town on 18th April 1918, and on 21st May it was heavily bombarded.
Nearby is the Bourlon Battlefield Memorial erected by the Canadian Government in honour of the forcing of the Canal du Nord by the Canadian Corps on 27th September 1918 and the subsequent advance to Mons, Belgium, and ultimately to the River Rhine in Germany.
collections.ic.gc.ca /courage/france.html   (3641 words)

  
 Great War Memorial to men from Machen (Wales) - Augustus Harris (Welsh Guards) and James Herbert Richards (Welsh Guards)
By September 1916 the Battle of the Somme had been raging for two months.
As part of the next phase of the campaign the Guards Division was ordered to attack and hold the villages of Morval, Lesboeufs, Guedecourt and Flers.
The battalion failed to reach any of its objectives and ‘dug in’ in close contact with the enemy near the Flers Lesboeufs Road.
www.jrawl.co.uk /harrisa.htm   (442 words)

  
 missing-lynx.com - Reviews – New Vanguard 100: British Mark I Tank 1916
The introduction of the first tanks into battle, at Flers-Courcelette on September 15, 1916 is described in detail.
The results of the battle, (although essentially tactically inconclusive) were that the British began to prepare to build tanks in the thousands, since the previously skeptical Commander-in-Chief, Haig, immediately ordered that 1,000 new tanks be procured as soon as possible.
Modified supply and wireless station tanks are also described, as are some of the later battles in which these early tanks took part.
www.missing-lynx.com /reviews/other/nvg100_fdesisto.html   (500 words)

  
 Courcelette Somme by Paul Reed
Courcelette was Canada's main battlefield on the Somme in 1916; 8,500 Canadian soldiers died here between September and November 1916.
The Canadians fought in some of the worse terrain during September; October and November 1916 gaining much ground around the village of Courcelette and the awful German trench system of which Regina Trench was the longest stretch of single trench which existed on the Western Front at that time.
Focuses on the efforts of the Canadian divisions who bore the brunt of this sector of the Somme battle which had developed into a war of attrition.
battlefields1418.50megs.com /courcelettebook.htm   (556 words)

  
 Flers-Courcelette
The second phase of the Flers advance brought the attackers to the trenches at the end of the village.
The German officers taken in Flers have not yet assimilated the scene of their capture, the crowded "High Street," and the cheering bomb-throwers marching behind the travelling fort, which displayed on one armoured side the startling placard, "Great Hun Defeat.
Picture its passage from one end of the ruins of Flers to the other, leaving infantry swarming through the dug-outs behind, on out of the northern end of the village, past more odds and ends of defensive positions, up the road to Gneudecourt, halting only at the outskirts.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /FWWflers.htm   (1597 words)

  
 Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers
The village was captured by the 41st and New Zealand Divisions on the 15th September, 1916, in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette; this was the first occasion on which Tanks were brought into action.
Flers is a village and commune in the Department of the Somme, about nine miles Northeast of Albert and Bulls Road Cemetery is a little East of the village on the road to Lesboeufs (the name is perhaps a punning allusion to the Lesboeufs Road)
The rest of the cemetery consists of graves (mainly September, 1916, or August, 1918) brought in after the Armistice from the fields between Flers and Longueval.
www.silentwitness.bravepages.com /cemeteryb/bullsrd.htm   (332 words)

  
 Articles - Delville Wood
Consequently the wood changed hands a number of times before it was finally secured by the British on 3 September during the Battle of Guillemont, though the Germans retained a hold on the eastern edge that wasn't relinquished until the British advance during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on 15 September.
The wood was the scene of an intense battle between British Empire and German forces during the 1916 Battle of the Somme.
The fighting for Delville Wood commenced on 14 July 1916 during the Battle of Bazentin Ridge when the 9th Division captured Longueval and gained a foothold in the neighbouring wood.
www.lastring.com /articles/Delville_Wood   (485 words)

  
 The Somme
The French army’s battles at Verdun would prove to have a horrible effect on the men of France.
It is also recognized that the Canadians were brought into the situation in the hope that they could achieve the same level of success they had earned in previous actions against the Germans and in no small way save Haig’s reputation and career.
Perhaps the most important lesson learned: it was time for the Canadian General Staff to listen more to their own voices in the planning stages and less to those from the British High Command.
www.interlog.com /~fatjack/somme.htm   (723 words)

  
 Letter B Dictionary of Meaning www.mauspfeil.net
Battle of Franklin II (old redirect) to be deleted
There you find a list of all editors and the possibility to edit the original text of the article Battle of Fulford.
www.mauspfeil.net /B_168.html   (70 words)

  
 New Zealand Memorial Longueval
High Wood was fiercely fought over during the Battle of the Somme until cleared by 47th (London) Division on 15 September 1916.
commemorating more than 1,200 officers and men of the New Zealand Division who died in the Battles of the Somme in 1916, and whose graves are not known.
By the time they were relieved from the line, during the first week of October 1916, the NZ Division had lost almost seven thousand men killed, wounded, or "missing".
www.btinternet.com /~prosearch/DinnakenPage13.html   (744 words)

  
 After War
2nd September - Battle of Flers-Courcelette (tanks used for the first time).
The Battle of the Somme continued in a series of stages until it finally petered out in November 1916.
This cemetery is on what was the Regimental Aid Post during the battle.
www.ajbrown.eu.com /TynesideScottish/After_War.htm   (816 words)

  
 The Battle of Cambrai
Hitherto, the tank, which first saw action on the Somme in 1916 at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, had only been used in relatively small numbers and was found to be unreliable and ill-suited to heavily shelled and muddy terrain found on the Somme and at Third Ypres.
Yet, unbeknown to the Germans, the Battle of Cambrai was in the planning stage well before the end of the British offensive in Flanders was closed down, and was set to open on the 20th November.
Although originally planned as a raid of some eight hours duration, Byng was considering a major push towards Cambrai and favoured the idea of a massed tank element in the van of the battle.
www.kingshead.ltd.uk /pages/cambrai.htm   (871 words)

  
 16-royalwarks
The Battle of Flers-Courcelette (sixth phase of the Battle of the Somme 1916)
The Battle of Morval (seventh phase of the Battle of the Somme 1916)
The Battle of Guillemont (fourth phase of the Battle of the Somme)
neil-smith.org.uk /reg-history/16-royalwarks.htm   (359 words)

  
 Military History Books - online military history bookshop
The Battle of Flers-Courcelette opened on 15th September, 1916 & marked the first appearance of tracked armour on the battlefield - the tank.
The 1916 Battle of Verdunhas been described as the greatest battleof all time.The front covered less than 10 kilometres yet, during the 11 months of fighting there were 700,000 casualties.
An account of the battles fought around Serre, a tiny, one street hamlet on the northernmost part of the Somme battlefront.
www.tmhbs.com /catweb_newbooks_Q.asp?REVIEW=&Formcatweb_newbooks_Q_Page=9   (446 words)

  
 15th (Scottish) Division
Battle of the Soissonias and of the Ourcq.
orbat.com /site/warpath/divs/15_div.htm   (433 words)

  
 Grantham - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It first saw action at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on September 15th 1916.
One year later the tank was born, being made in nearby Lincoln by William Foster.
During the famous Dambusters RAF mission in May 1943, the RAF Bomber Command's No.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Grantham   (776 words)

  
 28th Battalion - The Somme - Fall 1916
One source stated that the tanks were quickly out of the battle, one broke down before reaching the start line and the other was set on fire when a German shell exploded its ammunition and the battalion remained in its trenches as a result of the loss of the tanks.
This would be a section of Courcelette Trench on the east side of Courcelette along the Miraumont Road.
The Battalion is holding the section of front line at Courcelette Trench east of Courcelette.
www.nwbattalion.com /history4.html   (1128 words)

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