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Pozieres Ridge 22, Somme day 45

Engagement/Skirmish Name : Pozieres Ridge 22, Somme day 45

Date(s) : 14 August 1916

Part of : First World War , The Western Front , The Battle of the Somme ,

Outcome : A victory for British & Commonwealth Forces over German Forces

Type of battle : Land


A day of strong German activity mainly by the artillery. The Australians were heavily bombarded. British attacks across yesterday's ground were eventually successful.

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Anzac Corps. Through the evening they were subjected to a heavy bombardment. Some advances were made but 51st Batt was forced back to its start line, 49th Batt made good gains but was forced to relinquish them before dawn on the 15th. 50th Batt were smashed by a German barrage and forced back.
II Corps. At 0515hrs the 49th Division attempted to regain ground [Skyline Trench] it had lost the previous day. A second attempt at 2200hrs using bombers working along the communication trench, managed to clear most of Skyline Trench by dawn on the 15th.