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  • British 18 pounder brass shrapnel shell head fired in prelude to the battle dated June 1916 with red shrapnel paint remains recovered in 2012 from the Bernfay woods area of the July 1916 opening of the battle of the Somme

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    This is a brass made British 18 pounder shrapnel shell head it has been fired does have a small amount of damage from being fired in prelude to the battle with the date on the head that must of been when it was used with that date it still has a bit of dirt and muck on it from the recovery . The shell head is in very nice condition still with some of its original maker markings also numbers on the timing ring with red shrapnel paint remains and is dated June 1916 fairly clear to see in places it still has its dirty brass colour and has been very well cleaned it is perfect for display or any collection. This head was recovered in 2012 from Bernfay woods and the fields around it which were part of the German front line that had been shelled by the British for a week before the attack this area was attacked by the British 30th Division on the 1st July 1916 during the opening battle of the Somme.

    Bernfay wood is a pear-shaped wood close to the east end of Montauban village which was taken by the 30th and 18th British Divisions  on the 1 July 1916 on the first day of the offensive .Bernfay wood was taken on 3 and 4 July 1916 by the 9th (Scottish) Division. On 25 March 1918, in the retreat to the Ancre, the same Division was driven from the wood but recaptured it for a time. On 27 August 1918 it was finally regained by the 18th Division.

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    British soldiers operating an 18-pounder... - WW1 Colourised ...Bernafay Wood during WW1 - somme

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