Dug Out on the Somme, 1919.

Dug Out on the Somme, 1919. Mary Riter Hamilton.

The Regina Trench system was the next obstacle that the Canadians had to face at the Somme after the capture of Theipval Ridge. Located just beyond the Ridge, Regina Trench was guarded by thick bands of reinforced barbed-wire, and was a difficult artillery target. The British Army had originally planned to take the system as part of the advance at Theipval, but the objectives proved too ambitious and what was planned as a single-day attack developed into a two- month long attack that slowly bled men and matériel.

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