the exception of the capture of the German front lines around
Mametz and Montauban in the southern tip of the British sector,
the front lines at the end of 1st July were to all intents and
purposes as they had been at daybreak. The offensive, however
was far from over. Bitter fighting would continue as the High
Command was determined to push the Germans back, the result being
a trench by trench, village by village and wood by wood war of
attrition, lasting through the summer and autumn until both sides
were bogged down in the mud as winter approached in November.
By this time, the British had advanced in a line running roughly
from Thiepval in the north to the French line near Le Transloy.
the whole campaign, casualties are estimated at 1,300,000 divided
roughly equally between the opposing sides. The British share
was approx. 400,000. Ground taken was some 6 miles at most, with
the northern village of Serre remaining in German hands and the
initial phase Cavalry objective of Bapaume still some 4 miles
in which the 6th Berks participated on the Somme after 1st July,
July - Delville Wood
conceived daylight attack on the "Devils Wood", under
heavy artillery and machine gun fire, resulted in 40% casualties.
Sept. - Thiepval
German strongpoint in the line was originally an objective for 1st
July but had stubbornly held out with great losses on both sides.
The 6th Berks were acting as "Brigade Reserve" for the
assault battalions in this latest attempt to capture the village.
They provided carrying parties, etc... 1 OR (other rank) killed,
Sept. - 5th Oct. - Schwaben Redoubt
Schwaben Redoubt nest of dugouts and bunkers was briefly in British
hands on 1st July but the isolated troops there could not hold out.
Back in German hands it had since had been firmly resisting capture.
The Berks. were initially "Brigade Reserve" but joined
the assault proper themselves on the 29th. The appalling weather
conditions probably account for the large number of missing... 17
killed, 15 missing.
the Battn. was successful at both Regina Trench (21/10) and Desire