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Hello all,

Does anyone out there have a DBM for the area to the north of Gueudecourt ?

Especially the area between Bayonet and Rainbow trenches including Fritz's Volley.

In anticipation, 

Cooky 

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7 hours ago, cooky said:

Hello all,

Does anyone out there have a DBM for the area to the north of Gueudecourt ?

Especially the area between Bayonet and Rainbow trenches including Fritz's Volley.

In anticipation, 

Cooky 

any good?

 

 

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6 hours ago, johnboy said:

theipval area?

Courtesy IWM / WFA

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believe it's important to have and understanding of the intended purpose of these 'individual burial location maps' - 'body density' has always seemed a little crass to me.

The blue figures indicate to the labour companies about to start the grim task of clearance, where bodies were registered as buried according to DGRE records, ie: those recorded by Grave Registration Units (GRU). The blue figures do not represent any burials within  'registered' cemeteries within the square (500 x 500 yards) even if that cemetery is due for concentration. Unburied bodies and bodies whose temporary burial was not notified to DGRE are also not included. 

The accuracy of the blue figures should be seen as very suspect. The accuracy of the map reference of the person or unit who buried them was not always good, often no map reference was given at all, instead the location could be given as a shellhole between the German 2nd and 3rd line or such. The labour companies also gave suspect map references for their finds so that comparison of expected numbers to actual results is difficult. This can be seen when searching the Grave Registration Reports via the CWGC database and attempting to make a comparable with the blue figures.

So what then was the use of the blue figures?

They were for planning purposes. If the figure was 9 the search was not repeated if only 8 were found or stopped when 9 were found. The commander of the search party could plan the order of the number of markers required and also assess the time required for exhumation based on the expected number of registered burials - the process of exhumation and reburial being of a strict time sensitive nature.

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