Battleground Europe Somme - Redan Ridge by Michael Renshaw

By Michael Renshaw

The struggling with on Redan Ridge in 1916 has lengthy been overshadowed through occasions on each one flank, specifically Serre at the left and Beaumont Hamel at the correct. On 1 July 1916 the sphere used to be occupied by way of the 4th department, made from many of the veteran usual battalions, the outdated Contemptibles, even if few of the unique individuals had survived up to now. It used to be in most cases Territorials and new military males who fought right here. a distinct characteristic comprises little identified money owed of occasions on the Quadrilateral on that fateful day. The November battles contain the second department and the thirty second department and comprise the fight around the dust to Beaumont trench, Frankfurt and Munich trenches. Biographical information of a few of the recognized males who took half, comparable to H H Munroe, the writer Saki and A A Milne, writer and writer of Winnie the Pooh, also are integrated.

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The 1/Royal Irish were held back from the second assault but, later in the day, two companies were sent forward to reinforce and relieve those in the Quadrilateral where Lieutenant Colonel J O Hopkinson of the Seaforth Highlanders was holding out. Captain Wilson with A Company failed to get through, and the officer was a casualty. 30pm was ordered to hold his position at all costs. During the night three separate messages were sent to Barefoot ordering him to withdraw, but none got through. 30 am on 2 July, a message got through and the position was abandoned.

The psychology was the same, but Falkenhayn got in first. On 21 February 1916 the French were caught by surprise, but Joffre was not immediately deflected from his task on the Somme. General Phillipe Pètain was appointed the defender of Verdun and division after division was sent into the battle. In February the British took over part of the French sector to allow their troops to go to Verdun, and the available French troops were then reduced to eighteen divisions. The crisis at Verdun came during the latter part of May.

The CO of the Seaforths, Hodge, Bertie Ravenscroft, Hall, Watkins, Mansell, and Rougier were in the Quad with him and stayed there till 2am. July 2nd, bombing the whole time. CSM Laverick and Sgt Albon were there too. These two found a Stokes gun and although they had never seen one before worked it till they ran dry of ammunition. B. Farrow was killed in No Man’s Land on his way back having been with the others all the time. The Roman Road (Watling Street) on the afternoon of July 1st was ghastly, wounded in every place conceivable coming up all the time.

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