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The Middlebrook Guide to the Somme Battlefields (Kindle)

A Comprehensive Coverage from Crecy to the World Wars

WWI Somme Battlefield Guidebooks WWI Battlefield Guides 1916 1918 Military

By Martin & Mary Middlebrook, Martin Middlebrook
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 15.7 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781783406852
eBook Released: 1st August 2007

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While best known as being the scene of the most terrible carnage in the WW1 the French department of the Somme has seen many other battles from Roman times to 1944. William the Conqueror launched his invasion from there; the French and English fought at Crecy in 1346; Henry V’s army marched through on their way to Agincourt in 1415; the Prussians came in 1870.

The Great War saw three great battles and approximately half of the 400,000 who died on the Somme were British – a terrible harvest, marked by 242 British cemeteries and over 50,000 lie in unmarked graves.

These statistics explain in part why the area is visited year-on-year by ever increasing numbers of British and Commonwealth citizens. This evocative book written by the authors of the iconic First Day on the Somme.is a thorough guide to the cemeteries, memorials and battlefields of the area, with the emphasis on the fighting of 1916 and 1918, with fascinating descriptions and anecdotes.

How can you tell the story of this huge battle, and give each area and aspect the justice it deserves. It is no easy task, but the author, thanks to a vast experience of the area, make an excellent attempt at it and consequently this book is an important one to put in a suitcase.   The books gives background on the routes to the Somme, alongside an overview of the 1916 area.  A map at the front of the book provides a key to the area maps such as the 1916 and the 1918 areas, alongside Doullens and Amiens....

Throughout, such personal stories are linked to maps so that you can check the key locations as you read through it, or dip into particular aspects which interest you.  The maps are clear and so helpful. At the back of the book is a very useful Appendices which covers details on the numbers of British Cemeteries and graves of which there are 243 on the Somme containing 153,443 British graves, of which 100,034 are identified. An excellent book to take to the Somme with you in order to Remember them all.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

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In this new book from Pen and Sword, they look at the region down through the ages, beginning with the Roman invasion period and coming forward to the last battle in 1918. Brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed.

Books Monthly, May 2016 - Paul Norman

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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