Cavalry on the Somme – 1916

July 14, 2014

The Mad Game Newsreel

Digging in this evening…

Chris Cherry

Bazentin Panorama Extended Panorama of Longueval/Bazentin/Caterpillar Valley

(Click the picture to expand)

At the bottom right of the above panorama is the site of the old windmill, the crossing point of two squadrons of the Deccan Horse who then charged to the left of the road to High Wood, crossing and riding off to the top right of the picture. B squadron crossed near the Cross at Crucifix Corner, charging across and along Caterpillar Valley, along the line of the original Caterpillar Wood. This is an extract of the account of their actions from the ‘The Royal Deccan Horse’ who in July 1916 were the 20th Deccan Horse and belonged to the Secunderabad Cavalry Brigade of the 2nd Indian Cavalry Division. Another account of the action is contained in the book “The Hell They Called High Wood” by Terry Norman.

Bazentin Ridge Map of the Battle of Bazentin Ridge

The main attack ran from…

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