Richard Van-Emden - The Somme (2nd Hand Paperback)
- Format : Larger, Heavy 2nd Hand Paperback.
- Condition : Very Good (As New but with written gift message)
- Category : Non-Fiction - War & Civil War
- Published : 2016 (Pen & Sword)
- ISBN : 99781473885172
- SKU : B001558
- PPC : SP950gm
- RRP : £14.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
Full Title : The Somme - The Epic Battle in the Soldiers' Own Words and Photographs.
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 agonisingly dashed.
Because of its legendary status, the Somme has been the subject of many books.
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.
"Wow, what a powerful book. WWI historian Richard Van-Emden lets the soldiers who fought on the Somme tell the story in their own words, through letters, diaries, and other documents written by the British (and one German) soldier who fought at the Somme.
Unlike other history books of the battle, this book doesn't just cover the July 1st-onward battle, but covers the period leading up to it. The gathering of men and supplies. The digging of trenches. The plans to make this what was supposed to be a huge victory for the British and French troops.
Along with fascinating first-person accounts, the books is illustrated with photographs taken by the troops (with illegal cameras, no less!) detailing their live-in the trenches. Unlike the official photos usually seen in such books, these are refreshing un-posed, often out-of-focus, but nevertheless interesting glimpses into the horrible trench conditions, the shelled-out villages of the Somme area, and the utter devastation caused by endless bombing and machine gun fire." - Goodreads Review.
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