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The Somme

The Somme Book
Author : Peter Hart,Nigel Steel
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2012-12-20
ISBN : 1780225725
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A major new history of the most infamous battle of the First World War, as described by the men who fought it. On 1 July 1916, Douglas Haig's army launched the 'Big Push' that was supposed finally to bring an end to the stalemate on the Western Front. What happened next was a human catastrophe: scrambling over the top into the face of the German machine guns and artillery fire, almost 20,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers were killed that day alone, and twice as many wounded - the greatest loss in a single day ever sustained by the British Army. The battle did not stop there, however. It dragged on for another 4 months, leaving the battlefield strewn with literally hundreds of thousands of bodies. The Somme has remained a byword for the futility of war ever since. In this major new history, Peter Hart describes how the battle looked from the point of view of those who fought it. Using never-before-seen eyewitness testimonies, he shows us this epic conflict from all angles. We see what it was like to crawl across No Man's Land in the face of the German guns, what it was like for those who stayed behind in the trenches - the padres, the artillerymen, the doctors. We also see what the battle looked like from the air, as the RFC battled to keep control of the skies above the battlefield. All this is put in the context of the background to the battle, and Haig's overall strategy for the Western Front, making this the most comprehensive history of the battle since Lyn MacDonald's bestselling work over 20 years ago.

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme Book
Author : Lars Mytting
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2017-08-10
ISBN : 0857056050
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A family story of epic scale, by the author of NORWEGIAN WOOD and THE BELL IN THE LAKE. "An intricate story about war, family, secrets and,yes, wood ... An engaging, satisfying read" The Times "So cleverly plotted, and it builds up such effortless dramatic momentum as it zeroes in on its conclusion" Scotsman Edvard grows up on a remote mountain farmstead in Norway with his taciturn grandfather, Sverre. The death of his parents, when he was three years old, has always been shrouded in mystery - he has never been told how or where it took place and has only a distant memory of his mother. But he knows that the fate of his grandfather's brother, Einar, is somehow bound up with this mystery. One day a coffin is delivered for his grandfather long before his death - a meticulous, beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Perhaps Einar is not dead after all. Edvard's desperate quest to unlock the family's tragic secrets takes him on a long journey - from Norway to the Shetlands, and to the battlefields of France - to the discovery of a very unusual inheritance. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is about the love of wood and finding your own self, a beautifully intricate and moving tale that spans an entire century. A TIMES BESTSELLER Mytting's book is as much a romantic historical thriller as it is a book of promise, a page-turner as it is a reflective journey into selfhood, history, life's meaning and individual moral responsibility - Mika Provata-Carlone, Bookanista Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Russell Garrett

The First Day on the Somme

The First Day on the Somme Book
Author : Martin Middlebrook
Publisher : Pen and Sword
Release : 2006-05-25
ISBN : 1844154653
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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After an immense but useless bombardment, at 7.30 am. On 1 July 1916 the British Army went over the top and attacked the German trenches. It was the first day of the battle of the Somme, and on that day the British suffered nearly 60,000 casualties, two for every yard of their front. With more than fifty times the daily losses at El Alamein and fifteen times the British casualties on D-day, 1 July 1916 was the blackest day in the history of the British Army. But, more than that, as Lloyd George recognised, it was a watershed in the history of the First World War. The Army that attacked on that day was the volunteer Army that had answered Kitchener's call. It had gone into action confident of a decisive victory. But by sunset on the first day on the Somme, no one could any longer think of a war that might be won. Martin Middlebrook's research has covered not just official and regimental histories and tours of the battlefields, but interviews with hundreds of survivors, both British and German. As to the action itself, he conveys the overall strategic view and the terrifying reality that it was for front-line soldiers.

Walking the Somme

Walking the Somme Book
Author : Paul Reed
Publisher : Casemate Publishers
Release : 2011-01-01
ISBN : 1848844735
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This new edition of Paul Reed's classic book Walking the Somme is an essential traveling companion for anyone visiting the Somme battlefields of 1916. His book, first published over ten years ago, is the result of a lifetime's research into the battle and the landscape over which it was fought. From Gommecourt, Serre, Beaumont-Hamel and Thiepval to Montauban, High Wood, Delville Wood and Flers, he guides the walker across the major sites associated with the fighting. These are now features of the peaceful Somme countryside. In total there are 16 walks, including a new one tracing the operations around Mametz Wood, and all the original walks have been fully revised and brought up to date. Walking the Somme brings the visitor not only to the places where the armies clashed but to the landscape of monuments, cemeteries and villages that make the Somme battlefield so moving to explore.

Forgotten Voices of the Somme

Forgotten Voices of the Somme Book
Author : Joshua Levine
Publisher : Random House
Release : 2008-12-02
ISBN : 140702552X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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1916. The Somme. With over a million casualties, it was the most brutal battle of World War I. It is a clash that even now, over 90 years later, remains seared into the national consciousness, conjuring up images of muddy trenches and young lives tragically wasted. Its first day, July 1st 1916 - on which the British suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 dead - is the bloodiest day in the history of the British armed forces to date. On the German side, an officer famously described it as 'the muddy grave of the German field army'. By the end of the battle, the British had learned many lessons in modern warfare while the Germans had suffered irreplaceable losses, ultimately laying the foundations for the Allies' final victory on the Western Front. Drawing on a wealth of material from the vast Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, Forgotten Voices of the Somme presents an intimate, poignant, sometimes even bleakly funny insight into life on the front line: from the day-to-day struggle of extraordinary circumstances to the white heat of battle and the constant threat of injury or death. Featuring contributions from soldiers of both sides and of differing backgrounds, ranks and roles, many of them previously unpublished, this is the definitive oral history of this unique and terrible conflict.

The Battles of the Somme 1916

The Battles of the Somme  1916 Book
Author : Fred R. Van Hartesveldt
Publisher : Greenwood
Release : 1996
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Describes the historiographical controversies about this Anglo-French offensive and provides the most up-to-date, comprehensive bibliography on the subject.

Ghosts on the Somme

Ghosts on the Somme Book
Author : Alastair Fraser
Publisher : Pen and Sword
Release : 2009-04-19
ISBN : 1844682706
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Battle of the Somme is one of the most famous, and earliest, films of war ever made. The film records the most disastrous day in the history of the British army—1 July 1916—and it had a huge impact when it was shown in Britain during the war. Since then images from it have been repeated so often in books and documentaries that it has profoundly influenced our view of the battle and of the Great War itself. Yet this book is the first in-depth study of this historic film, and it is the first to relate it to the surviving battleground of the Somme.The authors explore the film and its history in fascinating detail. They investigate how much of it was faked and consider how much credit for it should go to Geoffrey Malins and how much to John MacDowell. And they use modern photographs of the locations to give us a telling insight into the landscape of the battle and into the way in which this pioneering film was created.Their analysis of scenes in the film tells us so much about the way the British army operated in June and July 1916—how the troops were dressed and equipped, how they were armed and how their weapons were used. In some cases it is even possible to discover what they were saying. This painstaking exercise in historical reconstruction will be compelling reading for everyone who is interested in the Great War and the Battle of the Somme.

Somme Mud

Somme Mud Book
Author : E P F Lynch
Publisher : Random House
Release : 2010-07-06
ISBN : 1407033557
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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'It's the end of the 1916 winter and the conditions are almost unbelievable. We live in a world of Somme mud. We sleep in it, work in it, fight in it, wade in it and many of us die in it. We see it, feel it, eat it and curse it, but we can't escape it, not even by dying...' Edward Lynch enlisted when he was just 18 - one of thousands of fresh-faced men who were proudly waved off by the crowds as they embarked for France. It was 1916 and the majority had no idea of the reality of the Somme trenches, of the traumatised soldiers they would encounter there, of the innumerable, awful contradictions of war. Private Lynch was one of those who survived, and on his return home, wrote Somme Mud in pencil in over 20 school exercise books, perhaps in the hope of coming to terms with all that he had witnessed there? Written from the perspective of an ordinary 'Tommy' and told with dignity, candour and surprising wit, Somme Mud is a testament to the human spirit: for out of the mud that threatened to suck out a man's soul rises a compelling story of humanity and friendship. For all who are marking the centenary of the Great War, it is a rare and precious find.

Battle of the Somme

Battle of the Somme Book
Author : Christopher Martin
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1973
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Designed to introduce students to research from primary sources, this book presents short lively extracts and illustrations on the Battle of Somme. (From backcover).

Rural Political Culture in the Department of the Somme During the French Revolution

Rural Political Culture in the Department of the Somme During the French Revolution Book
Author : Bryant Timmons Ragan
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1988
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Rural Political Culture in the Department of the Somme During the French Revolution book written by Bryant Timmons Ragan, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Somme Success

Somme Success Book
Author : Peter Hart
Publisher : Casemate Publishers
Release : 2012-10-24
ISBN : 1781598029
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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High above the blood soaked trenches of the Somme during the Summer and Autumn of 1916, the Royal Flying Corps were acting out - and winning - one of the first great aerial battles of history.Even in those pioneering days of flying, primitive aircraft flown by brave young men were of significant military value. Before the battle, photographic reconnaissance aircraft from both sides were desperately trying to map the opposition's deployment. Artillery spotting aircraft were proving invaluable in directing devastating fire onto otherwise hidden targets. Bombing raids became a normal routine.Somme Success is a highly effective description of all facets of air operations of the period. It uses the voices and accounts of those who were there. It describes how the RFC met the Fokker scourge head on using DH2 single seaters and, later, the ubiquitous FE2B two seaters, of the type that German 'Ace' Max Immelmann was shot down by.Having conceded air supremacy to the RFC early in the offensive, the German Air Service launched an aerial counter attack during August and September. The elite scout squadron led by Oswald Boelcke raised the stakes and their Albatross single seaters proved superior to any allied aircraft. Richthofen then appeared on the scene and a new period of German supremacy began.This is a thrilling account of the dramatic events of the period and an insight into the 'glamorous' world of the Great Aces.

Gallipoli to the Somme

Gallipoli to the Somme Book
Author : Dudley McCarthy
Publisher : Sydney, NSW : J. Ferguson
Release : 1983
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Dark Somme Flowing

Dark Somme Flowing Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Conran Octopus
Release : 1987
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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24 Hours at the Somme

24 Hours at the Somme Book
Author : Robert Kershaw
Publisher : Random House
Release : 2016-06-16
ISBN : 0753550504
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The first day of the Somme has had more of a widespread emotional impact on the psyche of the British public than any other battle in history. Now, 100 years later, Robert Kershaw attempts to understand the carnage, using the voices of the British and German soldiers who lived through that awful day. In the early hours of 1 July 1916, the British General staff placed its faith in patriotism and guts, believing that one ‘Big Push’ would bring on the end of the Great War. By sunset, there were 57,470 men – more than half the size of the present-day British Army – who lay dead, missing or wounded. On that day hope died. Juxtaposing the British trench view against that from the German parapet, Kershaw draws on eyewitness accounts, memories and letters to expose the true horror of that day. Amongst the mud, gore and stench of death, there are also stories of humanity and resilience, of all-embracing comradeship and gritty patriotic British spirit. However it was this very emotion which ultimately caused thousands of young men to sacrifice themselves on the Somme.

British Battalions on the Somme 1916

British Battalions on the Somme 1916 Book
Author : Ray Westlake
Publisher : Leo Cooper Books
Release : 1994
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Somme in 1916 was the supreme test of the British Army; this book covers all 616 battalions involved, including units of the London Division, 16th Irish and 36th Ulster Divisions, and Tyneside Irish and Scottish Brigades.

A Study of the Style and Iconography of a Thirteenth Century Somme Le Roi British Museum Ms Add 54180 with a Consideration of Other Illustrated Somme Manuscripts from the Thirteenth Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries

A Study of the Style and Iconography of a Thirteenth Century Somme Le Roi  British Museum Ms  Add  54180  with a Consideration of Other Illustrated Somme Manuscripts from the Thirteenth  Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries Book
Author : Ellen Virginia Kosmer
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1987
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download A Study of the Style and Iconography of a Thirteenth Century Somme Le Roi British Museum Ms Add 54180 with a Consideration of Other Illustrated Somme Manuscripts from the Thirteenth Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries book written by Ellen Virginia Kosmer, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

The Somme

The Somme Book
Author : Robin Prior,Trevor Wilson
Publisher : Yale University Press
Release : 2016-01-01
ISBN : 0300220286
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"Despite superior air and artillery power, British soldiers died in catastrophic numbers at the Battle of Somme in 1916. What went wrong, and who was responsible? This book meticulously reconstructs the battle, assigns responsibility to military and political leaders, and changes forever the way we understand this encounter and the history of the Western Front"--Publisher description.

Twelve Days on the Somme

Twelve Days on the Somme Book
Author : Sidney Rogerson
Publisher : Greenhill Books
Release : 2020-08-19
ISBN : 1783375566
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A joint operation between Britain and France in 1916, the Battle of the Somme was an attempt to gain territory and dent Germany's military strength. By the end of the action, very little ground had been won: the Allied Forces had made just 12 km. For this slight gain, more than a million lives were lost. There were more than 400,000 British, 200,000 French, and 500,000 German casualties during the fighting. Twelve Days on the Somme is a memoir of the last spell of frontline duty performed by the 2nd Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment. Written by Sidney Rogerson, a young officer in B Company, it gives an extraordinarily frank and often moving account of what it was really like to fight through one of the most notorious battles of the First World War. Its special message, however, is that, contrary to received assumptions and the popular works of writers like Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, men could face up to the terrible ordeal such a battle presented with resilience, good humor and without loss of morale. This is a classic work whose reprinting is long overdue. This edition includes a new introduction by Malcolm Brown and a Foreword by Rogerson's son Commander Jeremy Rogerson.

The Missing of the Somme

The Missing of the Somme Book
Author : Geoff Dyer
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2011
ISBN : 0307742970
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A U.S. release of a classic memoir by the author of Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It weighs the significance of World War I as it is reflected in memories, works of art, cemeteries and traditions that illuminate humanity's understanding of and relationship to the conflict. Original.

Somme Campaign

Somme Campaign Book
Author : Andrew Rawson
Publisher : Pen and Sword
Release : 2014-07-22
ISBN : 1783030518
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The five and a half month long Somme campaign in the summer and autumn of 1916 was a defining moment in the history of the British Army. From the disastrous opening day on 1 July to the final attacks in November, each large battle and minor action is given equal treatment inside these pages.?The book concentrates on the British Army's repeated efforts to first break through the enemy lines,and then to wear down the German in a bloody war of attrition. By compiling information from the Official History and the printed histories we get a balanced view of the most talked about side of the campaign, the British side.?You will find plenty of information on the reasoning behind each battle and the objectives. There is discussion on artillery bombardments, tactics, zero hours, the terrain and insights into the successes and failures of each attack. Over ninety new maps chart the day by day progress of Fourth and the Reserve Armyacross the rolling chalk downs of the Somme.?Together the narrative and mapsprovide an insight into the British Army's learning curve during that fateful summer; a learning curve which set the scene for future battles on the Western Front. We can see the hard lessons learnt and the solutions used to solve a multitude of problems, from communication and all arms co-operation, to the inclusion of tanks and the growing role of the Royal Flying Corps.?Where possible the men who made a difference are mentioned; the men who lead the assault companies and bombing teams, those who cut the wire and led the survivors into the German trenches, those who stopped the counterattacks and those awarded the Victoria Cross.?Discover the real Somme campaign fought by the British Army and learn how its brave soldiers fought hard to achieve their objectives.