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Attack on the Somme (Hardback)

Military WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Somme WWI > By Year > 1916

By Martin Pegler
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Campaign Chronicles
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781844153978
Published: 18th May 2006
Last Released: 1st August 2007



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The Battle of the Somme is fixed in the country's collective memory as a disaster - probably the most bloody episode in the catalogue of futile offensives launched by the British on the Western Front. Over five months of desperate fighting in 1916 the British wrestled with the Germans for control of a narrow strip of innocuous French countryside. When the fighting petered out the British had barely pushed back the Germans from their original positions for a combined casualty figure of over a million men. But after 80 years this notorious episode in western military history deserves to be reassessed. Previously unpublished eyewitness accounts are used to give a fascinating first-hand view of the immediate experience of the fighting. As Martin Pegler shows, a revision in our assessment of the Somme, in particular of the tactics and the weaponry employed by the combatants, is overdue, and he challenges the traditional assumptions about the course of the battle and its future impact on the development of warfare.

This succinct book is a vital record of the Somme Offensive of 1915. Although, like other books in this series a slim volume, it contains so much information and breadth about this battle and consequently is a valuable addition to any bookshelf detailing the progress of this battle. As stated from the outset a subject as vast and complex as the Battle of the Somme cannot be covered in depth in a single volume. In turn, the author of this here has provided a broad outline to the background of the war, as well as a brief comparative look at the armies and equipment involved. To that end, it is a book which you can pick up quickly and, in turn, gain some understanding of this Battle. From there on, as required, you could explore books that cover the Battle in more depth.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

About Martin Pegler

Martin Pegler was curator of firearms at the Royal Armouries for twenty years and during his career shoot almost every historic and current sniping rifle. He is the author of a dozen books about firearms, but specialises in the development sniper and technology of sniping. He lives in France with his wife.

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