The First Day on the Somme

The First Day on the Somme : 1 July 1916

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The soldiers receive the best service a historian can provide: their story is told in their own words - Guardian

'For some reason nothing seemed to happen to us at first; we strolled along as though walking in a park. Then, suddenly, we were in the midst of a storm of machine-gun bullets and I saw men beginning to twirl round and fall in all kinds of curious ways'

On 1 July 1916, a continous line of British soldiers climbed out from the trenches of the Somme into No Man's Land and began to walk towards dug-in German troops armed with machine-guns. By the end of the day there were more than 60,000 British casualties - a third of them fatal.

Martin Middlebrook's now-classic account of the blackest day in the history of the British army draws on official sources from the time, and on the words of hundreds of survivors: normal men, many of them volunteers, who found themselves thrown into a scene of unparalleled tragedy and horror.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 349g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0141981601
  • 9780141981604
  • 306,633

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The soldiers receive the best service a historian can provide: their story is told in their own words Guardian
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The soldiers receive the best service a historian can provide: their story is told in their own words * Guardian * A particularly vivid and personal narrative * Times Literary Supplement * Pioneering and hauntingly eloquent -- Peter Parker * Spectator *
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About Martin Middlebrook

Martin Middlebrook is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of many important books on military history including The Kaiser's Battle and The Falklands War 1982.
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