An Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916 Paperback
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The Battle of the Somme epitomised the cruelty of the Western Front. 1 July 1916 witnessed the opening round of the British Army's attempt to break through an eighteen-mile front of heavily defended German lines straddling the River Somme in northern France.
Preceded by an artillery bombardment of over 1,500 big guns that lasted a week, the inexperienced members of Lord Kitchener's New Army went `over the top' and suffered the deadliest day in British military history. On the first day, British losses alone totalled nearly 20,000 dead.
In the next four and a half months of combat, over 350,000 British soldiers would become casualties to one of the most intense, lethal, and futile engagements in history.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages, 80 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: Amberley Publishing
- Publication Date: 11/02/2016
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781445644424