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What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of The Newfoundland Park Site in Representing The difficulties the soldiers faced on July 1st 1916.

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What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of The Newfoundland Park Site in Representing The difficulties the soldiers faced on July 1st 1916 Newfoundland Park gave me a good impression, with evidence of the difficulties that the soldiers faced on the first day of the Somme. At Newfoundland Park there was good evidence of the conditions of no mans land at the time of the battle. The ground has been preserved in the condition that it was after the war, shell holes are still clearly visible and in large numbers. This shows us that soldiers would have had to walk around these, in some places huge, holes. However we do know that the conditions at the time of the battle would have been much worse as it had been raining for two days straight. ...read more.

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At Newfoundland Park we have strong evidence of why this failed, the Germans were dug in a Y ravine, an extremely great natural position. We can see at the park that it would have been impossible for shells to penetrate here as they would have to have been capable of going backwards. On their advance troops had to walk through gaps in their own wire to get out onto no mans land, this was very treacherous, as men walking through these gaps were easy targets for enemy machine gunners. Many troops were killed walking through these gaps because, as these were the only ways through all of the troops would be collating around these areas making themselves a very large target. ...read more.

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The British troops had to walk across no mans land in long horizontal lines when they attacked, making them very easy targets for German machine gunners. At Newfoundland Park we have good evidence of the view that the German machine gunners would have had. I could see that from their trench they would have had a high-quality and open view of the advancing troops. In conclusion Newfoundland Park is an exceptionally good site for viewing the difficulties that the soldiers would have faced on the first day of the battle. It is a good site as it provides us we strong geographical evidence of what the battlefield looked like at the time of the battle. All that the site lacks is the barbed wire we can not really get a good understanding of just how thick and dense it was. Robert Bentham ...read more.

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