The First Day on the Somme

The First Day on the Somme

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A thorough and detailed survey of the events of the first of July 1916 including not only official records and information gleaned from regimental histories but also using first hand accounts from both German and British survivors.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 132.08 x 213.36 x 33.02mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 16pp b&w illustrations, 11 maps
  • 0141390719
  • 9780141390710

Table of contents

The men; the Western front; the Somme and the Germans; the plan; the preparations; the last few hours; zero hour; review at 8.30am; the morning; review at noon; the afternoon; review at dusk; the night; the aftermath; the cost; an analysis; the years that followed; appendix 1 - order of battle of British infantry units; appendix 2 - order of battle of German divisions facing the British attack; appendix 3 - senior officer casualties; appendix 4 - Victoria Cross winners of 1 July 1916; appendix 5 - battalions suffering more than 500 casualties; appendix 6 - a tour of the Somme battlefield.
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Review quote

"A particularly vivid and personal narrative."
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726 ratings
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4 34% (248)
3 14% (102)
2 2% (17)
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