Longueval

     Le mémorial commémore les 25000 volontaires sud-africains, hommes et femmes de toutes races et de toutes religions, tombés aux cours des deux guerres mondiales et durant la guerre de Corée.

 

     C'est le 15 juillet 1916 que, la Brigade, comprenant 121 officiers et 3032 hommes de rang, reçut la mission de prendre et  de tenir le bois "à tout prix". Durant 5 nuits et 6 jours, les Sud-Africains luttèrent contre diverses unités du 4ème Corps d'armée allemand. Surpassés en nombre et attaqués sur 3 côtés, pratiquement décimés, ils parvinrent après d'âpres combats, allant jusqu'au corps à corps, à conserver une partie du bois. A la relève, le 20 juillet, seulement 142 hommes répondirent à l'appel et sortirent tout de suite de ce qui restait du bois. Ces combats ayant été si violents, les troupes anglo-saxonnes le rebaptisèrent, "Delvil wood", "le bois du diable".

The museum commemorates the 25,000 South African volunteers, men and women of all races and religions who fell during the two great wars and during the Korean War. The museum commemorates the 25,000 South African volunteers, men and women of all races and religions who fell during the two great wars and during the Korean War. - See more at: http://www.somme-battlefields.com/memory-place/south-african-museum-and-memorial-longueval#sthash.91vhFxnp.dpuf

    The Museum  commemorates the 25,000  South African volunteers, men and women of all races and religions who fell during the two great wars and during the Korean war.

 

    On the 15th July 1916, the brigade, comprising 121 officers and 3032 men, received orders to take the wood "at all costs". For 5 nights and 6 days, the South Africans fought against various units of the 4 th German Army Corps. Outnumbered, and being fought against from 3 sides they were almost decimated but managed to hold on and fight back, sometimes resulting to hand to hand fighting, until most of the woods had been captured. When they were relieved on the 20th July, only 142 men came out of the woods unscathed, eventually 780 men from the South African Brigade assembled.

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