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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Mametz Wood Memorial



    Mametz Wood was the objective of the 38th (Welsh) Division during the First Battle of the Somme. The wood still stands today, surrounded by farmland. Overgrown shell craters and trenches can still be made out. The 14th (Swansea) (Service) Battalion, the Welsh Regiment, went into the attack with 676 men and after a day of hard fighting had lost almost 400 men killed or wounded before being relieved. Other battalions suffered similar losses. However, by 12 July the wood was effectively cleared of the enemy. There is a memorial to the 38th Division nearby on a rough single lane road. 

    Mametz Wood Memorial



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