- View East from the Montauban - Mametz Road
village of Montauban, nestling in trees, viewed from the crest
of the ridge successfully assaulted by the 6th Berkshires. Montauban
Alley trench lay a few yards to the left of the road and was their
final objective for 1st July.
were five of us on our machine-gun when I saw an English soldier
about 20 metres away to our left. Then our eldest soldier was
shot in the forehead and dropped without a word. Next I was shot
in the chest. I felt blood run down my back and I fell; I knew
the war was over for me. He shot three of us before I even had
a chance to use my rifle. I would like to meet that English soldier.
He was a good shot" - Grenadier Emil Kury, 109th Reserve
Regiment (defending the Mametz - Montauban sector of the German
from "The First Day on the Somme" by Martin Middlebrook