'High explosive shells bursting in Mametz Wood, hotly contested with the Prussian Guards, finally taken July 1916'
Stereoscopic photograph, World War One, Western Front (1914-1918), 1916.
Mametz Wood on the Somme was attacked by the 38th (Welsh) Division on 7 July 1916. The shell-blasted wood was heavily fortified with machine guns, trenches and mortars. During five days of bitter fighting the division suffered nearly 4,000 men killed or wounded. Although most of the wood was cleared of the enemy by 12 July, fierce German counter-attacks continued in the days that followed.
One of 100 stereoscopic photographs associated with World War One.
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National Army Museum, Out of Copyright
National Army Museum, Study collection