1st Knuston Pals
2nd Knuston Pals
The German machine guns chattered incessantly
The Black Watch gets tantalisingly close to the mine crater
Black Watch survivors go prone
And so, as in 1916 the attack stalled with appalling casualties.
The Black Watch suffered 70% casualties including Lt. Col J.G.Robertson and Sgt H.Gow
Among the 'Pals' battalions in my brigade the casualty rates were as follows:
Sheffield City Battalion - 60%, including the Colonel and most officers and NCOs
1st Knuston Pals - 65% including the Colonel and most officers and NCOs
2nd Knuston Pals - 40%
Makes you think, doesn't it?
This chap and his ilk have much to answer for.