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The Germans at Thiepval (Paperback)

WWI Somme Battlefield Guidebooks 1914 1915 1916

By Jack Sheldon
Imprint: Battleground
Series: Battleground Books: WWI
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781844154326
Published: 15th June 2005
Last Released: 1st August 2007

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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.

Reviewed on Roll of Honour

Roll of Honour, Michael D. Booker

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. MM

The Great War Magazine
 Jack Sheldon

About Jack Sheldon

Educated at Inverness Royal Academy, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Universities of Lancaster and Westminster, Jack Sheldon completed a thirty-five year career as a member of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.

In 1982 he graduated from the German General Staff course at the Führungsakademie, Hamburg and went on to fill international staff appointments and to command an infantry training battalion. His final post before retirement in 2003 was as Military Attaché Berlin.

He now lives in France and has rapidly established himself as an expert in German First World War history. He was an honorary researcher for the Thiepval Visitor Centre Project, is a member of the British Commission for Military History and is the author of the highly acclaimed The German Army on the Somme 1914 – 1916, The German Army at Passchendaele and a number of Battleground Europe titles.

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