Please note: In order to keep Hive up to date and provide users with the best features, we are no longer able to fully support Internet Explorer. The site is still available to you, however some sections of the site may appear broken. We would encourage you to move to a more modern browser like Firefox, Edge or Chrome in order to experience the site fully.

Supporting your high street Find out how »
VCs of the First World War: Somme 1916, Paperback / softback Book

VCs of the First World War: Somme 1916 Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback

Description

The Battle of the Somme, which lasted from 1 July to 18 November 1916, is remembered as one of the most horrific and tragic battles of the First World War.

On the first day alone nearly 19,000 British troops were killed - the greatest one-day loss in the history of the British Army.

By November the death toll from the armies of Britain, France and Germany had risen to over a million.

This book tells the stories of fifty-one soldiers from the Commonwealth and Empire armies whose bravery on the battlefield was rewarded by the Victoria Cross, the highest military honour - men like Private Billy McFadzean, who was blown up by two grenades which he smothered in order to save the lives of his comrades, and Private `Todger' Jones, who single-handedly rounded up 102 German soldiers.

Not only do we learn of heroic endeavours of these men at the height of battle, but we also read of their lives before 1914, ranging from the backstreets of Glasgow to a country house in Cheshire, and of what life was like after the war for the thirty-three survivors.

Information

Other Formats

£9.99

£8.35

 
Free Home Delivery

on all orders

 
Pick up orders

from local bookshops

Also by Gerald Gliddon   |  View all