Fierce Close Combat in Longueval and Delville Wood, July 29, 1916

The World War

Latest Official War Report - WTB. Central Headquarters July 28, Official

Western Theater of War

French telephone line to the front trenches
(Illustrierte Geschichte des Weltkrieges 1914/1916)

A German patrol advance resulted in the capture of 30 prisoners, including 3 officers, and 2 machine guns.

The English fire, which has increased to the highest level of intensity to the north of the Somme, was followed during the course of the afternoon by heavy attacks which completely collapsed at Pozières, as well as at Foureaux Wood and to the south-east of the wood in front of our lines.

The attacks led to fierce close combat in Longueval and in Delville Wood; but here too, the enemy was unsuccessful. To the south of the Somme, both sides continued lively artillery activity and only enemy hand grenade troops advanced at Soyecourt. These advances were repulsed.

To the east of the Maas, French attempts to capture Fort Thiaumont remained unsuccessful. 

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