Commemorations: 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Delville Wood
The South Africans fought their first major battles on the Western Front during the Battle of the Somme. On 15 July, the Brigade comprising 121 officers and 3032 men, was met by intense fighting in Delville Wood, Longueval. When they were relieved on 20 July, the South African troops had lost more than 2500 men.
A ceremony for the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Delville Wood will be held on Sunday 9th July 2016 at 10am
The ceremony will begin with the unveiling of a plaque renaming "Rue de Ginchy" "Rue de l'Afrique du Sud" by the South African Ambassador for France and the Mayor of Longueval in remembrance of all the South Africans who served in the Great War.
Please visit www.delvillewood.com for more information.
Le discours de Jean-Marc Todeschini : "La mémoire du bois Delville est le miroir de l'histoire de l'Afrique du Sud. [...] Tandis que les anciens blancs recevaient médialles, honeurs et décorations [...] les Noirs restaient à part, dans l'ombre et l'exclusion [...] La mémoire doit porter un message, celui de la vérité, et une ambition, celle de la réconcilitation".