Centenary of the Somme – Eleven amazing images

The Twelve Days of the Centenary Christmas

On the 1st Day of July – our family returned to Montauban
On the 2nd Battle of Ypres – we searched for a cousin and an uncle
On the 3rd day  we review 3 War Memorials
On the 4th day we  seek four Battalions at Montauban
On the 5th day we have 500 rounds in a minute
On the 6th day we view a six pointed Star
On the 7th day we had seven Pals from Manchester
On the 8th day we have an 8th Panel at Brookwood
On the 10th day we find 10 Corps & Regiments for Co-op men

On the 11th day we see eleven amazing images of Montauban

The Manchester Regiment Archive has published some hi-resolution images on Europeana and GM1914.  Combined with IWM photographs, it has been possible to see a clear perspective on the Manchester Pals holding positions in Montauban on 1st and 2nd July 1916.  Combined with a review of historical documents, an intimate view of events in the village has been created.  Conscious of Copyright ownership, this paper has not yet been published.  Consent would be available for the Western Front Association to use the article, yet I’m a little reserved with my writing prowess.  I hope to polish the document first.

Here’s a few links

Noon on 1st July in Montauban Alley with 16th Battalion Manchester Regiment

Men rest in Montauban Alley after preparing defences

16th Battalion men relax in a damaged section of Montauban Alley

2nd Lieutenant Harvey in Montauban Alley

Lieutenant Megson in Montauban

Return from Montauban – The 2nd July Battlefield

Valley Trench in the former German Front line. This area became a battlefield burial plot

The last four can be seen below

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