- Present Day Front Line View 2
view looks north from the start point of the 8th Norfolks. The
village of Montauban can be seen top right, the ground ahead and
left being that assaulted by 53rd Brigade on the opening day of
the Somme. The 6th Berks attacked to the left of the Norfolks
and in conjunction with them.
dashed forward and I found, right in my line of advance, a patch
of thistles and nettles. Reaching this, I pushed the Lewis gun
through this small, but dense group of weeds. This afforded complete
horizontal cover to my number two with his ammunition, and for
my body. Having pushed the gun through and dividing the nettles,
I found my first target of the day, six or eight Germans in a
trench firing at our men stranded in the open. One good burst
of fire cleared that parapet" - Cpl. J. Norton, 8th Norfolks.
from "The First Day on the Somme" by Martin Middlebrook