By November 1916 the famous Battle of the Somme had slowed to a crawl with British, French and German troops exhausted after months of brutal fighting in rain-soaked and shell-torn battlefields. Some of the areas being fought over had been planned to be captured as far back as July 1916 but the skilful and stubborn German defenders had kept them ever since. The last great action of that infamous campaign was to be fought astride the river Ancre in an area where some of the most ferocious fighting had taken place. It was here that the British would make one final push, armed with knowledge and experience gathered at such cost throughout that year.
This virtual tour will focus on the story of just two divisions either side of the Ancre river itself, the 39th, who were to attack from the famous Schwaben Redoubt to conquer the shattered remains of St Pierre Divion, and the 63rd Royal Naval Division who would advance on the north-side of the river towards the village of Grandcourt, with decidedly mixed success.