On 15 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, tanks - one of the decisive weapons of twentieth-century warfare - were sent into action for the first time. In his previous books Trevor Pidgeon, one of the leading authorities on the early tanks, has told the story of that memorable day, but only now has his account of later tank operations during the Somme battle become available. In this, his last work which was completed shortly before he died, he reconstructs the tank actions that took place between late September and November when the Somme offensive was closed down. His account gives a vivid insight into the actions and experiences of the tank crews, and it shows the appalling dangers they faced as they manoeuvred their crude, vulnerable and unreliable machines towards the enemy. His book will be essential reading for anyone who is familiar with his previous studies of the subject and for anyone who wants to follow in the tracks of the tanks as they lumbered across the battlefield nearly 100 years ago.
The authors final work on the history of tanks of The Great War will be essential reading for anyone who is familiar with his previous studies of the subject or who plans to visit the... [read full review]Pennant
I would commend this title unreservedly to students of the First World War; for anyone wishing to follow tank operations on the ground, but yet more. If you wish to see an example of superlative... [read full review]SOFNAM Newsletter Spring 2011
After their first dramatic appearance on the Somme battlefields the surviving Mk I tanks were used in small numbers to support a series of minor operations designed to capture individual German lines or strong points.... [read full review]History of War Website
In this highly descriptive book, the author has applied his trademark brilliance in bringing the minutest, mostly un-published, facts to paper. For clarity, he tackles each of the dozen or so tank actions; Guedecourt, Martinpuiche,... [read full review]Tank Magazine
The First World War continues to hold a fascination for military historians, and the tanks and fighting vehicles are particularly fascinating to some. The new book by Trevor Pidgeon, with foreword by David Fletcher of... [read full review]Military Machines International - December 2010
On 15 September 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, tanks were sent into action for the first time. In this book the historian Trevor Pidgeon provides a detailed account of tank operations during the... [read full review]Britain at War Magazine December 2010
Tanks on the Somme is very much a book for enthusiasts, providing ample detail.
Tracing the role of tanks in Fourth and Reserve Armies during the first phase of the Somme, Tanks on... [read full review]Catholic Herald Oct 2010
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About Trevor Pidgeon
After a career in the diplomatic service Trevor Pidgeon devoted much of his time to pioneering research into the Great War, in particular into the development of tanks and the operations of the first tanks on the Western Front. His work lead to several books that were milestones in the field, including his classic study Tanks at Flers: An Account of the First Use of Tanks in War at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, the Somme, 15 September 1916.
Trevor Pidgeon sadly died in 2008 and his last book, Tanks on the Somme, was completed by his friend Dr Graham Keech.
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