Delville Wood – The Somme
Delville Wood formed part of a salient into the German line, and was originally taken in a joint mission by the 9th Scottish Division in collaboration with the 15th South African Brigade.
Sadly in the ebb and flow of the war 5523 allied souls lost their lives here, although the German’s suffered considerable losses the exact numbers are not known.
Standing at the end of a clearing on the other side of the road a magnificent memorial has been erected to all the brave souls who fought on behalf of the commonwealth.
It looked to be in tip top shape, but once again the CWGC had masons on site maintaining the stonework just outside the entrance.
I looked at the anemones in the woods, trying to imagine what it would have been like at the start of the battle.
A fabulous artwork inside the memorial shows the deathly appearance after the weapons of war have ravaged the salient.