- Thiepval Memorial from the Berkshire's Position
view from the 6th Berks. final positions on 1st July looking over
Mametz Wood towards the Thiepval Memorial, which on this photo is
just visible in the centre of the horizon. The Memorial is roughly
half way up the tall side of the "L" shape of the lines
assaulted on the first day of the Somme. On the 16 mile front there
were 60,000 casualties, inc. some 20,000 killed. Of these, a significant
proportion occured in first hour. In
other words, British Army casualties were the equivalent of some
75 whole Battalions.
in an even more chilling way, that's 4 men wounded and 2 killed
for every 3 yards of the front.