Blunden's War - Part 14: Minenwerfers: what's really under the white headstones?
In this article we join Blunden during the continuing battle of the Somme when 'the battalion had practicably always been under fire, held trenches for scarcely tolerable periods, and shared three bewildering and devastating attacks.'
It's early September 1917 in Part 12A of 'Blunden's War ' and Blunden's battalion has gone South to the Ancre. In the article Martin Chown thinks about this area now and how much of what Blunden saw and did there lives on.
Blunden's War - Part 12B: Bombs in buckets and a Spy (3 September 1916)
Part 12B of 'Blunden's War' takes us back to early September in 1917 just before an attack on Beaucourt Ridge. We join Blunden sitting in a trench in Hamel main street. The night air is cold, and the scent of the river mist marks the start of morning.