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The Middlebrook Guide to the Somme Battlefields: A Comprehensive Coverage from Crécy to the World Wars

The Middlebrook Guide to the Somme Battlefields: A Comprehensive Coverage from Crécy to the World Wars

by Martin Middlebrook, Mary Middlebrook

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Overview

While best known as being the scene of the most terrible carnage in the WW1 the French department of the Somme has seen many other battles from Roman times to 1944. William the Conqueror launched his invasion from there; the French and English fought at Crecy in 1346; Henry Vs army marched through on their way to Agincourt in 1415; the Prussians came in 1870.The Great War saw three great battles and approximately half of the 400,000 who died on the Somme were British a terrible harvest, marked by 242 British cemeteries and over 50,000 lie in unmarked graves. These statistics explain in part why the area is visited year-on-year by ever increasing numbers of British and Commonwealth citizens. This evocative book written by the authors of the iconic First Day on the Somme is a thorough guide to the cemeteries, memorials and battlefields of the area, with the emphasis on the fighting of 1916 and 1918, with fascinating descriptions and anecdotes.


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ISBN-13: 9781783460496
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 10/06/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Martin Middlebrook has written many other books that deal with important turning-points in the two world wars, including The First Day on the Somme, Kaiser's Battle, The Peenemünde Raid, The Somme Battlefields (with Mary Middlebrook) and The Nuremberg Raid 30-31st March 1944 (all republished and in print with Pen&Sword).

Martin Middlebrook is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and lives near Boston, Lincolnshire

Table of Contents

Illustrations vii

Maps xi

Introduction 1

Helpful Information 4

1 Routes to the Sorame 27

2 The 1916 Area 48

3 The 1918 Area 248

4 Doullens 309

5 Amiens 316

6 The Western Somme 326

Appendix: Cemeteries, Graves and 'Lost' Bodies 351

Acknowledgements 359

Bibliography 361

Index 363

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