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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Somme Sacrifice Recalled

THIS YEAR represents the 90th Anniversary of the sacrifice at the Somme. On the 1st July 1916 the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division ‘went over the top’. The Ulster Division, which gained a few hundred yards of ground from Thiepval Wood up the hill towards the dauntingly fortified Schwaben Redoubt, suffered some five and a half thousand casualties - out of a total divisional complement of ten or eleven thousand men.

To mark this iconic date, a stunning 22mm enamel badge has been produced. It features imagery of the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division going 'over the top' at the Somme. The background consists of the beautiful and historic Nine County flag of Ulster, which accurately reflects the recruitment area of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

The badge also features a black outer band which reads '1690-2006 - 316th Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne' and an inner red band which reads 'Sacrifice at the Somme 1916'.
This fantastic badge costs only £2.50 (including p&p). To get your badge, simply send a cheque/Postal Order (made payable to Glenwood Publications) to: Glenwood Publications, First Floor, 316 Shankill Road, Belfast, BT13 3AB.

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