PIERRE's PHOTO IMPRESSIONS of the WESTERN FRONT
1914-1918
QUICK LINKS to part 1 of a FRONT SECTOR
    CATEGORIES - BATTLEFIELDS
    LAST REACTIONS
      SEARCH ENGINE
        NAVIGATION TIPS
          SITE MAP
            GREAT WAR for ROOKIES
              ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS - SOURCES
                Some of P.'s DUTCH WW1 ARTICLES
                VIEW TIPS
                Attention!
                 
                 
                "Lees meer" =
                "READ MORE"
                 
                "Volgende" =
                "NEXT"
                 
                Zoom in with
                Control - Plus
                Reset screen
                with
                Control - 0 
                ------------------------------- 

                NEW Lorraine

                Photo Impression

                South of Metz

                German Bunkers &

                Fortifications 

                 
                Pierre Grande Guerre
                shows his
                photo impressions
                of his trips along
                the Western Front
                with his selfmade photo's,
                historic pictures,
                and maps.
                Few words,
                many pictures,
                and many links.
                 
                Pierre
                 
                 
                Pierre is the author
                of the Dutch book,
                 
                "De Rode Duivels in de
                Vogezen - 1914-1915 -
                Een geïllustreerde
                reconstructie van de
                krijgsverrichtingen
                van het 152e
                Régiment d'Infanterie" 
                 
                 
                 
                Zie voor de details de
                Prijs: € 15,- pdf-versie
                Geïnteresseerd?
                stuur een e-mail.
                ------------------------------

                Verkrijgbaar

                als boek!

                Pierre’s

                “Bochkareva en haar

                Vrouwenbataljon”

                Zie voor de details de
                Prijs: € 15,-
                excl. verzendkosten
                Geïnteresseerd?
                stuur een e-mail naar

                pierregrandeguerre@hotmail.nl  

                 
                Pierre is a Dutch member
                of the Canadian
                Central Ontario Branch
                of the Western Front
                Association,
                 
                And a member of:
                 
                 
                The Western Front
                Association Nederland
                 
                 
                Are you not familiar with
                the backgrounds & causes
                of the First World War?
                 
                Read my 5 illustrated pages:
                 
                 
                * This site is best viewed
                on a screen of
                1024x768 pixels,or larger,
                type F11, to get the
                largest screen,
                possible in your browser.
                ______________________
                 
                 
                 
                 
                ______________________
                 
                Got lost? Click HERE!
                 
                Write your suggestions,
                and click HERE !
                _______________________
                 
                This website is and
                intends to remain free
                of any commercial
                advertisements!
                It has no financial benefit at
                all for its webmaster!
                 
                 
                Dutch Readers!
                Nederlandstalige lezers,
                 
                Lees Pierre's artikelen
                en columns over
                de Grote Oorlog
                en klik op
                 
                 
                Read also:
                Pierre's BOOK REVIEWS !
                 
                Looking for the recent
                updates of this website?
                Click on the FRONT PAGE !
                 
                 
                LINKS TO THE SPECIAL
                LINKS TO ALL
                BATTLEFIELD
                PHOTO IMPRESSIONS
                in the CORRECT SEQUENCE

                AISNE 

                Chemin des Dames part 1 

                Chemin des Dames part 2 - Dragon's Cave

                Chemin des Dames part 3     

                ALSACE LORRAINE

                The Gap of Charmes - La Trouée de C.

                Avricourt - Leintrey - Reillon - Montreux - Parux 

                Montreux German Front Walk

                The Battle of Morhange - 1914

                French Bunkers - Mnt. Grand Couronné 

                South of Metz - German Bunkers -

                Feste Wagner 

                ALSACE VOSGES NORTH

                Tête du Violu - Bernhardstein

                Chaume de Lusse - Haute de Faîte

                Bertrimoutier - Frapelle  

                Ban de Sapt - La Fontenelle

                Senones - la Roche Mère Henry

                Col de la Chipotte - de la Chapelotte

                The Donon - Bunkers - Dug-outs

                ALSACE VOSGES  

                Col du Bonhomme Col de Mandray

                Tête de Faux - Buchenkopf 

                Col du Wettstein - Schratzmännele

                Lingekopf - le Linge  

                Kleinkopf - Barrenkopf 

                Hohrodberg-Giragoutte-Trois Epis  

                Reichackerkopf  

                Munster Valley Petit Ballon  

                Le Tanet - Bichtstein - Villa Sidi-Brahim

                Route des Crêtes - Hohneck -

                Gr. Ballon - Sudelkopf 

                Hartmannswillerkopf - Vieil Armand  

                Guebwiller - Rimbach - Hirzstein  

                Moosch Nécropole Nationale  

                ALSACE SUNDGAU  

                Zillisheim Illfurth Largitzen Pfetterhouse 

                Burnhaupt-le-Bas Bunker Path     

                ARGONNE

                Mort Homme Côte 304

                Montfaucon- Romagne s/s Montfaucon

                Butte de Vauquois

                Haute Chevauchée

                The Bunker of the German Crownprince

                ARTOIS 

                Neuve Chapelle - Richebourg

                La Targette - Cabaret Rouge

                Notre Dame de Lorette

                Loos

                Aubers Ridge - Fromelles            

                Arras Wellington Quarry

                Vimy Ridge

                Lichfield Crater

                CHAMPAGNE

                St. Hilaire le Grand Russian Cmty  Mont Navarin

                Sommepy Mont de Blanc Mont

                La Main des Massiges

                MARNE 

                Verberie Néry Villers Cotterêts  

                First Battle of the Marne   

                Belleau Wood - Château Thierry  

                Second Battle of the Marne

                SAINT MIHIEL

                Les Eparges Ridge

                Calonne Trenches Tranchée

                Fort de Troyon

                Apremont Forest Trenches

                Butte de Montsec

                Rémenauville Destroyed Village

                le Bois le Prêtre / das Priesterwald 

                SOMME British Sector

                SOMME INTRODUCTION

                Auchonvillers Trench

                Mine Craters Lochnagar Hawthorn

                Thiepval Memorial Mouquet Farm  

                Thiepval Wood - Ulster Tower

                Ovillers La Boiselle

                Hawthorn Ridge Beaumont Hamel

                Redan Ridge 

                Newfoundland Memorial Park  

                Serre Hébuterne 

                Sheffield Memorial Park Serre

                Gommecourt 

                Fricourt Deutsche Kriegsgräberstatte 

                Contalmaison 

                Mametz Wood 

                Trones Wood Montauban Guillemont

                Caterpillar Valley Longueval 

                High Wood Longueval

                Delville Wood Longueval

                Pozières  

                Martinpuich

                le Sars Butte de Warlencourt

                Flers Gueudecourt

                Adanac Canadian Cmty. Mireaumont

                SOMME French Sector 

                Bouchavesnes

                Rancourt Cimetière National

                Rancourt Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof

                Dompierre - Becquincourt Fay Soyécourt

                Flaucourt Biaches

                VERDUN

                VERDUN Citadel 

                Thiaumont - PC 118 & 119 - A 320

                Road To Fort Douaumont       

                Fort de Douaumont

                Douaumont Nécropole Nationale  

                Côte Froideterre - Les 4 Chéminées 

                Fort de Souville 

                Fort de Vaux 

                Tunnel de Tavannes Fort

                La Voie Sacrée

                Bois des Caures - Col. Driant's C.P. 

                Flabas German Reprisals Camp

                The German Camp Marguerre 

                Duzey German 380mm Artillery Base

                Destroyed Villages Bezonvaux - Ornes

                Azannes - Damvillers - La Grande Montagne 

                YPRES

                Menin Road Railway Wood

                Hill 62 Sanctuary Wood

                Hooge

                Clapham Junction Zandvoorde Bunker

                Polygon Wood Zonnebeke

                Hill 60 Hollebeke Lankhof Farm

                Messines Ridge

                Pilkem Ridge

                Boezinge Essex Farm Ziegler Bunker

                Langemark Poelkapelle St. Juliaan

                Passchendaele Ridge

                Mount Kemmel Lettenberg Bunkers

                Ploegsteert Wood

                YZER

                Nieuport Ramskapelle

                Pervijze  Stuijvekenskerke

                Diksmuide Trench of Death 

                Leke Vladslo Houthulst

                OTHER GREAT WAR LINKS

                 



                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.
                 
                 
                 
                 Continue to the next chapter:



                Reacties

                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

                Commentaar
                Jouw naam/bijnaam
                Website url
                E-mail
                Dit is een verplicht veld
                Domeinregistratie en hosting via mijndomein.nl