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The First Day on the Somme (Hardback)

Revised Edition

WWI Somme Military

By Martin Middlebrook
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781844154654
Published: 25th May 2006
Last Released: 1st August 2007

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After an immense but useless bombardment, at 7.30 am. On 1 July 1916 the British Army went over the top and attacked the German trenches. It was the first day of the battle of the Somme, and on that day the British suffered nearly 60,000 casualties, two for every yard of their front. With more than fifty times the daily losses at El Alamein and fifteen times the British casualties on D-day, 1 July 1916 was the blackest day in the history of the British Army. But, more than that, as Lloyd George recognised, it was a watershed in the history of the First World War. The Army that attacked on that day was the volunteer Army that had answered Kitchener's call. It had gone into action confident of a decisive victory. But by sunset on the first day on the Somme, no one could any longer think of a war that might be won.

Martin Middlebrook's research has covered not just official and regimental histories and tours of the battlefields, but interviews with hundreds of survivors, both British and German. As to the action itself, he conveys the overall strategic view and the terrifying reality that it was for front-line soldiers.

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About Martin Middlebrook

Martin Middlebrook needs no introduction. Author of 16 books, including The First Day on the Somme, he is well known for his detailed research and clarity of style. His books include The Peenemunde Raid; Your Country Needs You, (both Pen and Sword Books), Task Force: The Falklands War and The Fight for the Malvinas.

Martin's late wife Mary Middlebrook played an active part cooperating with her husband’s literary activities, particularly with photography and artwork.

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