The First World War 1914-1918: The Western Front: The Somme Offensive 1916

University Of Oxford First World War Poetry Digital Archive
View of the blasted tree stumps in Delville Wood. On 15 July the South African Infantry launched a disastrous attempt to take 'Devil's Wood' during the Battle of the Somme. This is typical of the scenes of devastation after a major offensive. It took a long time for the forests of France and Belgium to recover from the effects of shells and poison gas.