BRIEF SLEEP BEFORE BATTLE —AND THEN ?In a narrow support trench dug beside a road, these tin-hatted warriors snatched a short rest before moving onto play their part in the attack on Beaumont-Hamel, which opened in the early hours of July l, 1916. The assault on the village, which was carried out by the 86th Brigade, failed within a few minutes of the British troops leaving their trenches, when No Man’s Land was raked with withering fire from the waiting enemy. Imperial H’ar Museum 657 r
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