Talk:Battle of Flers–Courcelette

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Number of Tanks at Flers[edit]

Have amended number from 39 to 49. It's a bit awkward because 49 were available but only 36 actually got into action, so one could argue about which figure to quote, but it wasn't 39.Hengistmate (talk) 00:52, 22 November 2011 (UTC)

Flers–Courcelette or Flers-Courcelette?[edit]

The villages are not contiguous as in Sailly-Saillisel but nearly two miles apart. The naming of the battle links them in the sense of "to" so I've put a dash in after the matter cropped up here Battle of Morval during a B-class review.Keith-264 (talk) 09:59, 6 January 2013 (UTC)

Added a box with 15 Sep casualties as an experiment. OK?Keith-264 (talk) 13:23, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

External links[edit]

Added a few books from archives org to Ex links ready for a revision of the page soon (ish).Keith-264 (talk) 22:17, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

Tidied references and added a few published ones in place of interweb links.Keith-264 (talk) 13:16, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Norfolk Regiment[edit]

A number of men from the Norfolk Regiment were killed during this battle, some advancing against a trench and other recorded as being killed "15th September- 9th Norfolks ,a tank pasing thro' them in the Flers-Courcelette Battle fired upon them until corrected." First use of tanks, and first "blue on blue" involving a tank? DiverScout (talk) 19:58, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

What division?Keith-264 (talk) 20:08, 24 August 2014 (UTC)
9th (Service) Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, 71st Brigade, 6th Infantry Division. DiverScout (talk) 10:05, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
I think so, it's mentioned in OH 1916 II.Keith-264 (talk) 21:55, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Apologies for personal request, but is there a link to this as my Great Uncle was killed in this action? DiverScout (talk) 17:39, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
"The first movement on the 6th Division front was the advance of the single tank following the railway track along its north-western side towards the Quadrilateral. The machine passed through the right of the Norfolk about 5:50 a.m. and by mistake, opened fire on the waiting troops. This was stopped by the gallant action of Captain A. J. G. Crosse, 9/Norfolk, who approached the tank under heavy fire and pointed out its true direction. The machine was afterwards seen to turn northward and move parallel to Straight Trench, firing as it did so." P. 310 (biblio details on article page, the 6th Division part of the F-C is on pp 309-310, the 6th Div history by Marden is on pdf)Keith-264 (talk) 19:31, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. DiverScout (talk) 07:11, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
My pleasure.Keith-264 (talk) 07:14, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
This information has allowed me to identify the tank concerned - female C22, under the command of Lt. Basil Henriques. Just trying to work out how and where to add these details. DiverScout (talk) 10:46, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
I expanded several of the Somme pages but then got diverted to 1914 so I think that there are four more to do, including F–C which I hope to get to this year. For starters you might consider putting it into a ===section===, then think about placement when it's done. RegardsKeith-264 (talk) 11:33, 4 September 2014 (UTC)


I had intended to abbreviate the battle section where I used Miles by changing to McCarthy as the later days are described by but decided to put the rewrite on the article page as I was at a dead stop and time is running short. Keith-264 (talk) 09:30, 15 May 2016 (UTC)

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