Captured German Lines, Gommecourt, Somme

Captured German Lines, Gommecourt, Somme

This picture shows part of the old German front line at Gommecourt on the Somme, after it had passed into British hands. The landscape is everything one might expect for a First World War battlefield, dominated by the shattered remains of trees. Gommecourt was attacked at the start of the battle, but didn't fall to the British until February 1917.

Many thanks to Pen & Sword for providing us with these pictures, which come from Richard van Emden's The Somme: The Epic Battle in the Soldier's own Words and Photographs

The Somme - The Epic Battle in the Soldier's own Words and Photograph, Richard van Emden. Covers the entire period that the British army spent on the original Somme front, from its arrival late in 1915, through the battle of the Somme and up to the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. Mainly uses the writings and private photos taken by British soldiers, but also includes some material from the German side [read full review]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (17 August 2016), Captured German Lines, Gommecourt, Somme , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_captured_lines_gommecourt.html

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