Delville and High Wood

Delville and High Wood

On the right of the British positions at the Battle of Bazentin Ridge was the village of Longueval. This photo taken by Google Earth is above Longueval and Delville Wood looking West towards Martinpuich. The ground shown is just about a mile across and shell holes and trenches in the chalk are still visible. The red lines are approximate British positions on 14 July, almost where it was planned for the Army to be at the start of the battle. The Albert-Bapaume Road is visible at the top of the picture and Bapaume to the right was actually the 1 July objective, expected to have been taken within three days. The arrows all point towards the strategic objective of the Bois de Forcaux, which the Allies called High Wood. On the very left edge is the Australian cemetery and on the right is the Kiwi Cemetery. A truly Allied and Commonwealth battle. The ground was relatively flat and the small distances really show how costly battles were. It is estimated that within the ground on the picture, some 165,000 casualties were suffered throughout the 1914-1918 period and the front line did not really move that much in all that time.

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