- View North from Montauban - Mametz Road
open ground overlooked to the north of the Berkshire's final position.
Virtually unoccupied at close of day on 1st July, many of these
and similar woods in the German's second set of lines were soon
to be reinforced and become icons of the slaughter of the first
world war. On the left of the horizon above is a prime example -
was then very quiet, with only an occasional long range shell from
Gerry coming over. From my own point of view, I should have thought
that a small force of cavalry could have followed up and inflicted
enormous damage to the German lines of communication. Quite a number
of same were lying in reserve" - Pte. N.H. Norton, 8th Norfolks.
from "The First Day on the Somme" by Martin Middlebrook