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Activity 7: Delville Wood

This page shows the trench map from the 10th Essex Regiment War Diary. It has been adjusted ('georegistered') to match the modern map.

Some new features now available from Google have been introduced. A selection of types of map is available by using the drop-down from the 'Map' menu. A Google search box is available at the bottom left of the map. If you have a scroll button on your mouse, it provides a zoom in and out facility. The 'Earth' option requires you to download the browser version of Google Earth; we are hoping to have the overlay maps working with this shortly. 'Earth' is only currently available on the recent IE browsers and on Firefox.

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Clicking on a marker will give you further information and a picture of the place as it is today.

Many of the places are close together, and you may find it helpful to use the zoom tool to move in closer.

The village at the centre of the map is Longueval and near it is Delville Wood, the scene of particularly fierce fighting in the third week of the Battle of the Somme. Many South African soldiers died there in the initial assault on the wood and the 10th Essex were part of the reserves brought in to try and retake the wood.

Reproduction rights for the trench map are licensed from The National Archives in the United Kingdom; under the terms of the licence the map may not be downloaded from this site.
 
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