As I sat enjoying my morning ablutions, I delved into the enormous pile of WW! literature that passes for entertainment in the abort chez Cuddles. I was reading up on the battle for Courcelette and almost as a throway read the following passage: "Lieutenant Colonel Bent met up with Captain Laycock, whom he had left in the line four days previously to form a burial party for those killed in the initial fighting around COURCELETTE. It had been a particularly harrowing duty, especially when the party found a group of twelve australian prisoners on the outskirts of COURCELETTE, lying in a row and obviously executed by the Germans..." (Paul Reed: Courcelette p.71) I wonder if anyone, perhaps an Aussie, can cast any further illumination on the identity of these hapless dozen Diggers who were apparently summarily shot by the defending Germans during the initial assaults on Courcelette? There may not be an involved story, it could simply be a "too busy to take prisoners" tragedy of the type which litters the history of both sides, in both world wars. Any ideas?