Ref: WW512, 1920, Harmsworth
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Original map first published c.1920. Republished July 2016.
World war one map depicting the Western Front and the Battle of the Ancre, the last British offensive in the Battle of the Somme. British and German lines are differentiated by Red and Green lines. The inset map shows the Thieval to Combles District. The towns of Cambrai, Arras and Peronne are also visible.
As published at the time of this map, c.1920:
British forces, on July 1st, 1916, commenced a great offensive astride the Somme and Ancre rivers. The attacks on the Somme were successful. Further north, on the Ancre, the storming parties failed to hold Beaumont-Hamel and Gommecourt, and the contest was so severe that Sir Douglas Haig eventually decided not to press this attack, but to follow up his advantages in the southern sector, and work up to the Ancre defensives from the south. This initial attack on the Ancre, like that on the Somme, was undertaken to relive the German pressure on the fortress of Verdun.
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