The Germans at Thiepval (Paperback)
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Ninety years after the Battle of the Somme was fought, visitors continue to flock in very large numbers to the massive Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval, site of a bitter three-month struggle during the summer of 1916. This book explains in detail how, from the autumn of 1914 onwards, the German defenders turned this key feature into a virtually impregnable position, from which they were able for weeks on end to repulse every attempt to capture it. Drawing on original maps, photographs and personal accounts of the German defenders, the reader is taken stage by stage through the battles for the German front line between Ovillers and Saint Pierre Divion, during the two years from September 1914 to September 1916. It explains why the British attacks of 1st July 1916 failed so catastrophically, and culminates with an account of its eventual loss at the end of September 1916.
One in the handy Battleground Europe series of books which provide historical accounts alongside travel guide information which enables the reader to enrich their visits to this area of the Western Front. Visitors still flock to this area where in 1916 a bitter three month struggle took place. This book explains how, from 1914 onwards, the German defenders turned this key feature into a virtual fortress. Well written & researched guide. 9/10. MMThe Great War Magazine
Reviewed on Roll of HonourRoll of Honour, Michael D. Booker
During the early years of World War Two it soon became apparent that the system for tracing the whereabouts of the remains of RAF aircrew deemed ‘Missing Believed Killed’ was totally inadequate. The Missing Research Section (MRS) of the Air Ministry was set up in late 1941 to deal with this increasing problem. It collected and collated intelligence reports from a wide variety of official, unofficial and covert sources in an attempt to establish the fate of missing aircrew. Increasingly this included forensic or semi-forensic work to identify personal effects passed on through clandestine channels…By Stuart Hadaway
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