Another Daily Mail card today, and I have little doubt that, once again, just like yesterday’s card, the scene depicts exactly what it says on the tin.
Because the photograph (maybe originally a still from a film?) was taken in July 1916 at a point out of shot to the right of this picture, but looking in the direction of the blue arrow, the embankment the same one you see in the image on the card.
If you’d like to know where we are,…
…well, this is the Somme, and the road leads to Beaumont-Hamel to the left, and Auchonvillers to the right. The trees in the first photo are on the horizon to the right of this panorama, and the ridge, if you follow it all the way to the left of the picture, ends in a clump of trees that now grow within the Hawthorn Ridge, for that is indeed where we are, Mine Crater, blown and filmed by Geoffrey Malins on the first day on the Somme. And where my Great Uncle Dudley won his Military Cross, too.
And here we have the same embankment, a little further to the left of the postcard, the German front line, and the mine crater, blown just minutes before the scene captured here took place, off to the left. British troops can be seen advancing on the skyline; the blobs in the centre of the picture are more men, desperately running downhill for the cover of the embankment as the hillside is swept by German machine guns. I wonder if one of them is Great Uncle Dudley? Note the interested observer in the trench in the foreground.
For much more on the action at Beaumont-Hamel that day, click here.