Battles of the Somme 1914

The German Army “Digs In”

Having stopped the advance in late 1914 the German divisions north of the Somme river selected good positions on high ground to set up a line of defence with commanding views over the enemy's lines.

The defensive line north of the Somme river initially consisted of short trench sections and fox-holes, incorporating villages and hamlets in or behind the line, including Gommecourt, Serre, Beaumont Hamel, Thiepval, La Boisselle, Fricourt, Mametz and Montauban.

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