The Germans At Beaumont Hamel (Battleground Somme) by Jack Sheldon

By Jack Sheldon

Beaumont Hamel is a reputation which inspires appalling visions of the catastrophic opposite suffered through males of VIII Corps, British Fourth military on 1st July 1916, while hundreds of thousands of fellows have been killed and wounded for no profits whatever. 90 years on, the occasions of that day nonetheless exert a robust fascination for these attracted to the good trench battles.

This publication, which covers the previous entrance Line from Redan Ridge to the Ancre, describes how the safeguard of the world turned so robust, the explanations for German early good fortune through the conflict and explains how the British defeat of July used to be reworked into victory, whilst the autumn of Beaumont Hamel marked the ultimate flicker of luck, ahead of the conflict was once mired to a standstill within the mud.

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The Germans At Beaumont Hamel (Battleground Somme)

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When victory eluded the Allied forces in the spring of 1915, however, peasants braced themselves for another season (surely the last) of exceptional effort. But because the war deprived the small, unsophisticated farms of southwest France of essential manpower, draft animals, and chemical fertilizers, the challenges of agricultural life in 1915 were greater, the accomplishments less deserving of national acclaim, and the conditions of everyday life more difficult. Although the deprivations of war made working the land increasingly arduous, it remained a familiar task.

25 From her contact with other wives whose husbands were also in uniform, Marie knew by mid-August that many local men were on their way toward the Belgian border (where they would engage the enemy in ill-fated battle on 21 August). Such developments made her fear that Paul would soon be transferred to a frontline regiment. Paul admitted that many regiments temporarily based in Troyes were heading north, but he reassured her that his company was in no such danger. ” Well-informed though she was, Marie was interested only in how military developments would affect the security of her husband’s situation: Was he safe, would he continue to be so, and would his company be forced into retreat?

With the stabilization of the front that occurred after the Battle of the Marne, irregular mail delivery became something of a rarity. Although the postal service sometimes lost mail, and intentionally held it back in advance of major offensives (so that the enemy could not intercept letters containing clues to troop movements and concentrations), for the most part it functioned with extraordinary efficiency: mail often arrived at the front within three days. The establishment of a regular and reliable postal delivery system, strongly recommended by the prefect of the Dordogne in September 1914, went a long way toward calming the fears of civilians and soldiers alike.

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