The Somme: The Epic Battle in the Soldiers' own Words and Photographs

The Somme: The Epic Battle in the Soldiers' own Words and Photographs

by Richard Van Emden


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The offensive on the Somme took place between July and November 1916 and is perhaps the most iconic battle of the Great War. It was there that Kitchener’s famous ‘Pals’ Battalions were first sent into action en masse and it was a battlefield where many of the dreams and aspirations of a nation, hopeful of victory, were agonizingly dashed.

Because of its legendary status, the Somme has been the subject of many books, and many more will come out next year. However, nothing has ever been published on the Battle in which the soldiers’ own photographs have been used to illustrate both the campaign’s extraordinary comradeship and its carnage.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473885172
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 08/05/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

RICHARD VAN EMDEN graduated from Newcastle University in 1988, and obtained an MA from Reading University in the following year. After working as a journalist he became a freelance writer and researcher. Having worked on several historically-based television series, he wrote his first book, Tickled to Death to Go which he has followed up with several highly acclaimed and commercially successful titles, including Britain’s Last Tommies, Boy Soldiers, The Last Fighting Tommy, The Quick and the Dead, Meeting the Enemy and Tommy’s Ark.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Live and Let Live 10

Chapter 2 Bedding-In 50

Chapter 3 Awed and Shocked 110

Chapter 4 Batter and Hold 150

Chapter 5 Toil and Strife 200

Chapter 6 Nut Cracking 244

Chapter 7 Mud and Guts 278

Chapter 8 Fighting Cold 320

Acknowledgements 344

Sources and Permissions 346

Index 350

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