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The Great British Offensive North of the Somme: Troops Advancing to the Capture of Montauban

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The village of Montauban, some five miles east of Albert, was one of the most important poitions captured in an early sage o the British eollsive, and was succesfuly held against a strong German counter-attack. The ruins of the village itself may be seen in the left background of the illustration. Not a root was left on any of the houses: all. had been shattered by our bombardment, and numerous fires were burning. Beyond the village are seen bursting shells from the British artillery, which was keeping up a “barrage” e to prevent the enemy’s infantry from advancing. Over the ridge behind (on the extreme left) were German batteries. At the time represented in the drawi the first “wave ” of our infantry had entered the village, and the second was advancing towards it over a sunken road at the side of which (in the foreground) is shown the entrance to a German dug-out.

The m we rying their paceks, with waterproof sheets and rations for two days. In the background on the right will be noted a number of ambulance men carrying strether on their shouiders. The group of poplars towards the centre is Bernafay Wood, which has been the scene of heavy fighting. A little to the left of it are seen the ruins of Montauban church. Des thi part of the itish offensive, Mr. Philip Gibb writes: “The attack on Montauban was one of our best successes yesterday. The me were mainly Lancashire troops, supported by men of the Home Counties, incuding those of Surrey, Kent, Esser, Bedford, and Norfolk. They advanced in splendid order, straight for their objective, swept over the German trenches, and aptured large mnumbers of prisoners, without great loss to themselves.”-{Dwndsr Copyrighted in the Usited SWta end CasdsJ.]


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