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The Somme 1916 - Beyond the First Day (ePub)

Beaucourt and Mametz Wood to the Butte de Warlencourt

WWI Somme 1916 Military

By Jon Cooksey, Jerry Murland
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: A Visitor's Guide
File Size: 18.0 MB (.epub)
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781526738134
eBook Released: 25th May 2021

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In their second Visitor’s Guide to the 1916 Battle of the Somme Jon Cooksey and Jerry Murland focus on the series of secondary battles that were key stages in the five-month struggle that followed the start of the offensive on 1 July. They take the visitor – and the reader – across the entire battlefield, covering in graphic detail sites where actions took place that are almost as famous as the Somme itself in the history of the First World War, including Mametz Wood, High Wood, Deville Wood, Guillemont, Ginchy, Pozieres and Flers. They also provide tours of the less-well-known but equally interesting sites which played important parts in the offensive as a whole.

In a sequence of routes that can be walked, biked or driven they describe what happened in each place, identify the units involved, highlight the experience and exploits of individual soldiers, and point out the notable sights, monuments and cemeteries.

This highly illustrated guidebook is essential reading for visitors who wish to enhance their understanding of the Battle of the Somme and the war on the Western Front. It is also the ideal companion volume to The First Day of the Somme: Gommecourt to Maricourt by the same authors.

These visitor guide books are great, they seem to have such great detail, comprehensive information and a very wide selection of photographs. The only trouble is that I’m not able to go over to France to visit these sites, so I can’t actually say this is this and that is right etc. But with the books being written by such good historians who certainly know their stuff, it does feel so accurate and second only to being there. I would certainly recommend these books for their high quality and historical information.

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UK Historian

I am a huge fan of these battlefield guides, prepared by knowledgable authors who knioow their subject, but which allow for the individual battlefield visitor to make their own schedule and devote the time to their own specific interest rather than being confined by the schedule of a guided tour. Excellent value for money and a really well prepared guide.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

As expected from Cooksey and Murland this is a concise yet well defined guide to the Somme after July 1st 1916. To those of us who walk the battlefield I sense that whilst the events of the first day are rightly centre stage in most visits, the later battles hold at least as much value to the visitor. Guillemont alone is a tactical masterclass in the role of terrain in determining the outcome of battle and moving away from the cemetery and better understanding how the geography unlocked the German defence of Guillemont is well supported by this book. The other walks are equally good. Recommended.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Jon Cooksey

The late Jon Cooksey was a leading military historian who took a special interest in the history of the world wars. He was the editor of Stand To!, the journal of the Western Front Association, and an experienced battlefield guide. His many books included The Barnsley Pals, Calais, Harry’s War and, as editor, Blood and Iron. 


About Jerry Murland

Jerry Murland has written four books for Pen and Sword, Aristocrats Go To War, Retreat and Rearguard 1914, Retreat and Rearguard Somme 1918 and Retreat and Rearguard Dunkirk 1940. He lives near Coventry.

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