GWL 23rd July 1916

My Birthday has been a very nice day., as days go  –  I spent this afternoon in the Raglan – Arthur was very merry and bright.  Very nice seeing him here.  We had a n awful storm here.  We had an awful storm evening before lat about 6.  Blew like the devil and awful lightning.  One flash came down on the beach but no damage…….I do enjoy the books so……..”

On this day the Battle of Poziere’s Ridge, part of the Somme Offensive, began.  This was a push by Rawlinson’s Fourth Army and Gough’s Reserve forces to which were attached three Australian Divisions.  The line extended from the River Ancre and the village of Bazentin le Petit with Poziere in the centre.  The Battle with was to last for six weeks with at most one mile of territory gained.

{next post 25th July}

 

 

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