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The German Army on the Somme 1914-1916 (ePub)

Military WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Somme WWI > By Year > 1914 WWI > By Year > 1915 WWI > By Year > 1916

By Jack Sheldon
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 6.8 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781848847088
Published: 18th January 2007


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By drawing on a very large number of German sources, many of them previously unpublished, Jack Sheldon throws new light on a familiar story. In an account filled with graphic descriptions of life and death in the trenches, the author demonstrates that the dreadful losses of 1st July were a direct consequence of meticulous German planning and preparation. Although the Battle of the Somme was frequently a close-run affair, poor Allied co-ordination and persistence in attacking weakly on narrow fronts played into the hands of the German commanders, who were able to rush forward reserves, maintain the overall integrity of their defences and so continue a successful delaying battle until the onset of winter ultimately neutralised the considerable Allied superiority in men and material.

As Featured In

Stand To! No. 124

It is very difficult indeed to find fault with this book.

It is a magnificent addition to anybody’s Great War library and quite simply an invaluable resource.
We are given, from primary sources, the German view of the Somme battlefield as a counterpoint to the many books over the past thirty years giving the view from British sources.

Read the full review here.

The Western Front Association, Mike McCarthy

As featured in.

The British Journal for Military History Vol 2 Issue 3
 Jack Sheldon

About Jack Sheldon

Jack Sheldon is now firmly established as the leading authority on the German Army in the First World War. A retired soldier he lives in France and is fully engaged researching and writing. His German Army on the Somme was a run-away success and he has built on his reputation with The German Army At Passchendael, The German Army at Cambrai,The German Army on Vimy Ridge and The German Army at Ypres 1914. He lives in France.

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