Category Archives: Triangle Point

WW1 ‘Bomber’ Training

Rifle Grenade Training © IWM (Q 5355)

Rifle Grenade Training © IWM (Q 5355)

This site concerns a member of the Manchester Pals who received specialist training as a bomber Early Days in France .  Arthur Bell received training in a variety infantry grenades – or bombs.  He also actively used bombs in the survival of his detachment at Triangle Point Montauban   “Major Macdonald recorded “ At 3.15am on 2 July the detached post in Montauban Alley near Triangle Point was attacked and bombed out. They held out until their supply of bombs was exhausted, and then endeavoured to retire.”  Arthur probably also used his bomber training  at Guillemont.

I’ve selected a range of images from the IWM archive to add to the site.  Cover image Art.IWM PST 12993.

© IWM (Q 35418) Bomber Training

© IWM (Q 35418) Bomber Training

 German Bombers © IWM (Q 55005)

German Bombers © IWM (Q 55005)

Montauban to Longueval and Delville Wood - taken from a helicopter July 2012

Great photo courtesy of http://jeremybanning.co.uk/.  The rolling chalk hills and dense woodland has changed little from 1914 – although the villages were flattened by artillery fire and woods became a mass of splintered timber during hostilities.

I’m showing Jeremy’s picture to show the beautiful wide horizons and ‘big’ sky; similar to David Hockney’s paintings of the Yorkshire Wolds.  Back on track, the corner of Bernafay Wood can be seen on the right of the image.  The trench of Montauban Alley extended to the Wood, across the first fields beyond trees at the edge of the village.  The 16th Manchesters occupied Montauban Alley on the 1st/2nd July and the 17th Manchesters occupied Triangle Point, slightly to the left of the view.  This was the point of the furthest sustained advance by the British IVth Army on the first day of the Somme.

The area beyond Montauban towards Longueval is infamous for the ferocious battles that took place in mid-July, particularly those concerning the South African Infantry, which was almost wiped out in the area shown in this image. South African forces in the British Army of 1914-1918

Montauban Panoramic Photographs

I’ve just found some wonderful panoramic photos this site Montauban. John Hamill has followed my trails from Maricourt to Montauban, but takes much better pictures than me!

Photos C. and D. show great images of the area of the 90th Brigade assault.  I am asking for approval to superimpose the line of advance.  The Big Push – Montauban | 17th Manchester Regiment on the Somme

Photo I. shows the view from Caterpillar Valley up towards Montauban from Quarry Cemetery.  Triangle Point Montauban 2006 | 17th Manchester Regiment on the Somme. is at the brow of the hill where the road is elevated out of view.
This was the line of the counter-attack by Michael Meyer and the 16th Bavarian Infantry. Remembering – Michael Maier. German Counter-Attack on Montauban 2nd July 1916 | 17th Manchester Regiment on the Somme

Fingers Crossed that John may allow me to use his photos.