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 Kitcheners 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 campaigns extraordinary comradeship and its carnage.

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ISBN-13: 9781473855229
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 03/31/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Richard van Emden interviewed 270 veterans of the Great War, has written extensively about the soldiers' lives, and has worked on many television documentaries, always concentrating on the human aspects of war, its challenge and its cost to the millions of men involved. Richard van Emden's books have sold over 660,000 copies and have appeared in The Times' bestseller chart on a number of occasions.

He has also worked on more than a dozen television programmes on the Great War, including the award-winning Roses of No Man's Land, Britain's Boy Soldiers, A Poem for Harry, War Horse: the Real Story, Teenage Tommies with Fergal Keane and most recently, Hidden Histories: WW1's Forgotten Photographs. He lives in London.

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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