Battlefield Guides

The Fight for Fricourt

Fricourt had been occupied by the Germans for 21 months prior to the Somme offensive. During that time the German soldiers had turned this once quiet rural village into a fortress with many houses converted to well protected machine gun positions providing a deadly field of fire to any attacker.

The plan for the First Day of the Somme was not to attack Fricourt frontally, but to encircle the village with a pincer movement. In this walk we cover the story of the German soldiers as they wait for the inevitable attack by the British, and with orientation in mind we also look at the series of events that led to the eventual downfall of Fricourt.

Despite its apparently tenuous position in the valley Fricourt was not an easy village to capture and many of the attacking battalions suffered more than most on that bloody day.

Our ‘The Fight for Fricourt’ Somme walking tour starts at £150.
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