On 14 July, two weeks into the notorious Somme offensive, and following the capture of Bazentin, the dominating feature named High Wood stood ahead of the advancing British troops. It appeared deserted but, due to indecision and confusion, it was not taken. The moment was lost and the tragic result was two months of bitter and costly fighting before 47 (London) Division assisted by the first tanks committed to battle finally drove the determined German defenders from the feature.This superb guidebook clearly identifies the positions of the exhausted regiments involved in the painful struggle between July and September 1916 and explains the action north eastwards from Bazentin Ridge to the Switch line and beyond. In the month of July alone the six defending German regiments suffered over nine thousand casualties - the losses of the attacking British divisions were even higher. 47th Division's losses alone amounted to over four thousand six hundred men and it is estimated that the bodies of eight thousand British and German dead remain in High Wood which has remained undisturbed since those fatal days.
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