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  • Royal Field Artillery shoulder title recovered from Thiepval on The Somme battlefield of 1916

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    British Royal Field Artillery shoulder title which is complete the brass has gone green from being buried for 100 years.The badge was recovered from the river bank at Thiepval on The Somme in 2016.This was the scene of savage fighting on the 1st july 1916 during the first day of the battle of The Somme.The badge is in relic but solid condition and is perfect for display or any collection and a RARE find from the battlefield these days and one of the most sort after battlefield relics.A very nice relic from a very famous area on the Somme battlefield.

    The Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) was a corps of the British Army responsible for land, coastal and lake transport, air despatch, barracks administration, the Army Fire Service, staffing headquarters' units, supply of food, water, fuel and domestic materials such as clothing, furniture and stationery and the supply of technical and military equipment. 

    The 1st Battalion took part in the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. The battalion, which comprised W, X, Y, and Z companies, took up position in the British trenches at 3:30 am. At 8:40 am, the battalion received orders to advance and clear the German first-line trenches. It was delayed by heavy enemy fire and congestion in the communication trenches. The Newfoundland Regiment advancing to the left of the Essex battalion was almost entirely wiped out as it advanced towards the German lines. At 10:50 am, the Essex companies were in position and received orders to go "over the top". The companies came under heavy artillery and machine gun fire almost as soon as they appeared over the parapet, causing heavy losses. The attack became bogged down in no man's land. The battalion received orders from 88th Brigade headquarters to recommence the attack at 12:30 pm, but at 12:20 pm the battalion commander advised brigade HQ that "owing to casualties and disorganisation", it was impossible to renew the attack. The survivors of the battalion received orders to hold their position along the line of 'Mary Redan' – 'New Trench' – 'Regent Street'.

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