First published in 1983 by Uys Publishers.
FREE shipping on qualifying offers. No battlefield on all the Western Front was more bitterly contested than was ‘Devil’s Wood. It was the bloodiest hell of 1916.
Ian S. Uys’s most popular book is Delville Wood. Uys. Delville Wood. 1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove Delville Wood from your list? Delville Wood. by Ian S. Published 1983 by Uys Publishers in Rensburg.
The battle of Delville Wood was one of the most intense sub-battles during the wider battle of the Somme, marking the start of the second general British offensive. This book focuses on first part of the battle, when the wood was defended by the 1st South African Brigade, in what became the most famous South African battle of the First World War. The capture of Delville Wood and the nearby village of Longueval were key parts of Haig’s plan for the renewal of the British offensive after the disastrous start to the battle of the Somme.
Items related to Rollcall: The Delville Wood Story. The second book by Ian Uys about the epic battle of July 1916 in France when the Springboks were left to defend the forest against overwhelming German forces. Home Uys, Ian S. Rollcall: The Delville Wood Story. Of the 121 officers and 3,032 men who entered the wood, only 3 wounded officers and 140 men emerged five days later. The names of all participants and details of the later lives of many of the men are included in this book called Rollcall.
Longueval - somme - france. Visiting the Somme devasted by the War, he was struck by the look of Delville Wood, place of the first major engagement of the South African Infantry Brigade in July 1916. The wood, thick and dense in the past, was now a desolated wasteland covered with shell holes, broken trees and remains of trenches. Delville Wood in September 1916 (from The Somme then and now, of John Giles).
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The Battle of Delville Wood (15 July – 3 September 1916) was a series of engagements in the 1916 Battle of the Somme in the First World War, between the armies of the German Empire and the British Empire
The Battle of Delville Wood (15 July – 3 September 1916) was a series of engagements in the 1916 Battle of the Somme in the First World War, between the armies of the German Empire and the British Empire. Delville Wood (Bois d'Elville), was a thick tangle of trees, chiefly beech and hornbeam (the wood has been replanted with oak and birch by the South African government), with dense hazel thickets, intersected by grassy rides, to the east of Longueval
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No battlefield on all the Western Front was more bitterly contested than was ‘Devil’s Wood.’
It was “the bloodiest hell of 1916,” and of the 3,200 soldiers of the 1st South African Infantry Brigade that entered the battle on July 14 less than 800 mustered afterwards.
For six days and five nights, in the solitary square mile of Delville Wood, the South Africans stood firm against three crack German divisions.
By the time they were relieved a legend had been born, but who were these men that took and held the wood in an inferno of exploding shells, flame-throwers, machine-gun and rifle fire?
Fresh-faced youths, Boer War and South West African campaign veterans, enlistees with false names … all were volunteers whose overriding desire was to serve in France.
First published in 1983, ‘Delville Wood’ remains a landmark volume commemorating the daring and fortitude of South Africa’s soldiers at the Somme during the First World War.
In forming an overall picture of each day’s fighting through the words of the survivors, the statistics of battle are cast aside by Uys in favour of something altogether more profound, exploring their characters and ensuring they will never be forgotten.
Ian Uys (b. 1942) is a South African accountant and author. A co-founder of the Military Medal Society of SA and former committee member of the SA Military History Society — and related to a survivor of the battle of Delville Wood — his interests have lead him to write numerous books on the subject.