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              Trones Wood Montauban Guillemont
              Somme: 

              British  Sector
               
               
              Trones
               
              Wood

              Montauban

              Guillemont
               

               
               
              year of visit: 2007.
               





              Header photo:
              This memorial cross along the D 64, west of Montauban, commemorates the French Captain, Henri Thiéron de Monclin,
              and his soldiers of the 5th Company of
              the French 6th Infantry Regiment, 
              killed near this spot on 28 September 1914.
               
              A visit to Montauban and Guillemont,
              to Trones Wood, as one of the targets for
              the Third Phase of the Battle of the Somme,
              the Battles for the Woods.
               
              From the Monclin Memorial on the ridge along the D 64,
              the most succesfull advance of 1 July,
              we enjoy this observation point,
              which gives a excellent view at the edge of Mametz Wood
              and Sabot Copse (left), Bazentin le Petit Wood, and behind it, Bazentin le Grand Wood.
               
               
              A view at High Wood (left), Caterpillar Valley, and Delville Wood.
               
               
               
              The Third Phase of the Battle of the Somme started at dawn of the 14th of July with the bombardment of Mametz Wood. During the Third Phase the British concentrated on conquering the woods of the hamlets of Bazentin, Bernafay Wood near Montauban, Trones Wood near Guillemont, High Wood and Delville Wood near Longueval. This Phase would last from 14 July until 15 September 1916.
               

              The British had changed their tactics: at first, before the assault, three days of artillery bombardment, using mainly high explosive shells instead of shrapnel shells, to destroy the barbed wire networks. Then, in the night of the attack itself, the British artillery launched another short introducing bombardment of only 5 minutes, directly followed by an infantry assault at dawn, using "new" flame projectors, under cover of pre-timed, forward rolling artillery fire and smoke curtains. These assaults were directed at the German Second Line roughly between Bazentin le Grand and Longueval.
               
               
              From 8 until 13 July the British 30th Division concentrated
              it’s attacks on Trones Wood.
               
               
              After 6 days of heavy fighting,
              the 30th Division lost 90 officers and 1800 soldiers
              in and around Trones Wood.
               
               
              On 12 July General Ivor Maxse’s 18th Division replaced
              the 30th Division in the battle sector of Trones Wood.
               
               
              At the same time the 7th and 21st Divisions of XV Corps attacked the woods of Bazentin Le Grand and Bazentin le Petit.
              The 9th and 18th Divisions attacked
              Bernafay Wood and Trones Wood.
              Memorial Obelisque for the 18th Division, along the D 64,
              on the edge of Trones Wood.
               
               
              At dawn of 14 July the 12th Middlesex Regiment
              under Lt. Col. Frank Maxwell (VC, CSI, DSO (!)),
              and the 6th Northampshire Regiment of
              the 54th Brigade of the 18th Division,
              attacked the German trenches in Trones Wood again.
               
               
              After six hours and at a cost of 450 casualties
              Lt. Col. Maxwell and his troops captured Trones Wood.
               
               
              Northward panorama, token from Guillemont Road Cemetery.
               
               
              At the end of the day the British succeeded
              to capture Bernafay Wood, the Woods of Bazentin,
              and Trones Wood, at a loss of 9.000 casualties.
               
               
              But High Wood and Delville Wood were still in German hands.
               
               
              View in the direction of Guillemont Village.
               
               
              We drive eastward through the village on to the D 20.
              On the right side of the road we find this Memorial
              for the soldiers of the French 265th Infantry Regiment,
              killed in action in this region on 28 August 1914.
               
               
              A few hundred meters furtheron:
              the Memorial for the 20th Light Division,
              which took part in the capture of Guillemont on 5 September 1916.
               
               
               
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              gregory op 24-11-2008 17:21
              hi i like this site cos it has a lot of good pics on
              Pierre op 24-11-2008 20:04
              @ Gregory. Thanks for your words of appreciation, Gregory.
               
              Pierre
              John E. Haslam op 10-01-2009 23:48
              Hello Pierre,
               
              I have just found your site ....from ours (The COBWFA)....it is amazing.....fantastic...well done....I will return to it many times in the future....ad advise others of it...I only wish I could read and write in your language. Monauban and Trones wood I have visited numerous times ( my grandfather was there on the 1st of July 1916 with the 16th Battalion The Manchester Regiment BEF (1st City Pals)....line of attack from Maricourt to Montauban.....plus I have a friend who owns Memtez Wood....One day soon I will return to all the Somme battlefields you have covered......Happy New Year to you and your family....from all members of the COBWFA, and in particular myself ....Captain (Ret) John E. Haslam, CD, Honorary President - Founder of the COBWFA....I highly commend you for keep up your outstanding work for the world to see and Remember those many of the Fallen who remain there for ever.
              Yours in comradeship and remembrance, John E.
              Pierre op 11-01-2009 13:14
              @ Capt. John Haslam. It is an honour to receive a reaction from the Honorary President - Founder of the COBWFA. Thank you very much for your compliments about my website. Your kind words do mean a lot for me.
              Of course I am glad with your personal story about your relationship with these locations, where your grandfather fought. I do hope for you, that you will visit these battlefields again in the near future.
              From this far distance (Netherlands - Ontario) I wish you, Mr. Haslam and all other members of the COBWFA, a happy and peaceful New Year. Of course I will continue my work on this website, as long as my health allows it.
              Thanks again, sir, and I hope, that you will be visiting my website another time again.
               
              Pierre
              A proud and Dutch member of the COBWFA.
              tony paley op 04-08-2011 21:13
              Pierre and Christine,
              Great site we have both enjoyed our viewing.
               
              Debie and tony
              Pierre op 05-08-2011 11:15
              @ Debie & Tony. Dear Debie & Tony, thank you very much for visiting our website. Also thanks again for your lovely caricature of us both, which is a big success under our (Facebook-)friends!
              Also on behalf of Christine,
              Pierre
              Norman Birtles op 28-01-2014 16:28

              Can you tell me the best place to park if wishing to visit trones wood.

              my greandfather was captured there in 1916?

              Pierre Grande Guerre op 28-01-2014 16:37

              @ Norman. At the nearby Guillemont Road Cemetery you will find sufficient parking places.

              Pierre

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