The attack on Mametz Wood on 7 July 1916 was suicide.
Seven days into the battle of the Somme, the men of the 38th (Welsh) Division were directed to capture the formidable Mametz Wood, advancing suicidally uphill over open ground against sweeping machine gun and intense artillery fire. The attacks, ending on 12 July in the clearance of the wood, saw vicious hand-to-hand fighting and innumerable acts of courage - and over 4,000 Welsh deaths and casualties.

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