The site is dedicated to the commemoration of Newfoundland soldiers who were killed during World War I. The site covers the ground over which the Newfoundland Regiment made their attack on 1 July 1916 during first day of the Battle of the Somme.
The Battle of the Somme was the Regiment's first major engagement and during an assault that lasted approximately 30 minutes the Regiment was all but wiped out. Of the 801 men who went into action 233 were killed, 386 wounded and 91 were missing.
After going in the visitors centre we did a complete circuit of the site stopping at three cemeteries on the way before returning to the car and heading back to our camp site.
This is a thought provoking place.
I have seen old pictures of the site taken during the war and it looks quite different - thick mud, trenches, shattered trees and miles of tangled barbed wire.
The monument to the Newfoundland Regiment can be seen in the distance.
Electric fences keep you from straying off the path.