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The Germans on the Somme (Paperback)

WWI Somme Photographic Books 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 Military

By David Bilton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781844158652
Published: 15th October 2009
Last Released: 26th October 2009

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This highly illustrated book covers the activities of the German Army on the River Somme throughout the long years of The Great War. The initial fighting in 1914 was against the French prior to the arrival of the British Army. The 1916 Allied Offensive eventually resulted in the German withdrawal but only at a terrible cost to both sides. The 1918 Kaiserschlacht saw the Germans return, albeit briefly.

Each phase is covered from the German perspective using primary and secondary sources. In addition to the wealth of splendid/fully captioned photographs, there is an authoritative general text and a useful chronological order of events.

Being arguably the most evocative area in British military history much has been written on the Somme. What makes this splendid book so different is the author's successful attempt to view events through the eyes of our adversaries.

'This book is equally balanced between the photographs and a narrative account of the fighting on the Somme from the German point of view...The pictures provide an equally fresh view of the fighting, not least because the familiar uniform of the British Tommy is replaced by the distinctive German uniform of the period.'

History of War Website, December 2009
 David Bilton

About David Bilton

David Bilton is a retired teacher who spends his time looking after his family, working as a university lecturer and researching the Great War; an interest ignited by his paternal grandfather’s refusal to talk about his experiences at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. He is a prolific author whose books includes works on the British and German Army, the Home Front and Great War badges; this is volume three of the badges of the British Army in the Great War. Since he started writing he has contributed to television and radio programmes, appeared on Country File and Look North, and given talks on his work.

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