- View South from Montauban - Mametz Road
view south, towards the 6th Berkshires starting lines on 1st July,
from the Montauban - Mametz road. Note the observation afforded
of the former British lines and assembly areas. Many troops expressed
dismay at this after taking the German positions, as this major
advantage is not at all apparent from the bottom of the slope and
their careful preparations had clearly been obvious to the enemy.
were being fired on from the rear. We thought this was our own infantry,
so we jumped up shouting "Higer! Higher!". Then we saw
two or three of our men drop wounded and we realised it was the
English who were behind us, so we jumped back into our trench. One
or two wanted to fight on but there were many in our regiment who
were over 40 and had family ties and were the first to suggest surrendering.
In the end the others were swayed. We tied a handkerchief to a rifle
and waved it and the English came and rounded us up. We were very
depressed but we knew that once we had surrendered the English wouldn't
shoot us. We could see from their faces that they were as pleased
as we were that it was all over, but they took all our watches from
us" - Unteroffizer Gustav Luttgers, 109th Reserve Regiment
(defending the Montauban - Mametz sector of the German Line).
from "The First Day on the Somme" by Martin Middlebrook