Walking the SommePosted on Monday 23rd April 2012
Aerial photograph of Hawthorn Ridge prior to 1 July showing the Hawthorn Redoubt.
Men of the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers in the Sunken Lane on the morning of 1 July 1916.
The ruins of Auchonvillers church, 1915.
German trenches on Hawthorn Ridge in the spring of 1916; their depth is particularly noticeable in this photograph.
Inside the Hawthorn mine crater, photographed on 2 July by an officer of 119RIR who had successfully occupied it the day before.
Walking the Somme - Second Edition
(Paperback - 246 pages)
by Paul Reed
This new edition of Paul Reed's classic book Walking the Somme is an essential travelling companion for anyone visiting the Somme battlefields of 1916. His book, first published over ten years ago, is the result of a lifetime's research into the battle and the landscape over which it was fought.
From Gommecourt, Serre, Beaumont-Hamel and Thiepval to Montauban, High Wood, Delville Wood and Flers, he guides the walker across the major sites associated with the fighting. These are now features of the peaceful Somme countryside. In…
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