- Present Day Front Line View 3
village of Montauban viewed from the approx. position of the British
front line. The village was successfully attacked and taken by
30th Division on 1st July, 1916. The road on the right runs north
west from Carnoy to Montauban.
machine-gun fire was dropping our men by the hundred and when
we came to a sunken road we halted in it for cover, although it
was wrong to do so. Fortunately our quartermaster sergeant, who
was twice the age of most of us and had served as a regular with
the Coldstream Guards, came along and very quickly did the necessary
rallying and urged us on with his great shouts of what I might
call 'cheerful command'" - L/Cpl F. Heardman, 2nd Manchester
Pals, part of 30th Div. attacking due north towards Montauban.
from "The First Day on the Somme" by Martin Middlebrook