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From the Summer Sale: save up to 50% off RRP
The Hell They Called High Wood Welsh on the Somme Welsh at War Tanks on the Somme

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Half price: Richard van Emden’s The Somme

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Now only £12.50: The Somme – The Epic Battle in the Soldiers’ own Words and Photographs by Richard van Emden.

The offensive on the Somme took place between July and November 1916 and is perhaps the most iconic battle of the Great War. It was there that Kitchener’s famous ‘Pals’ Battalions were first sent into action en masse and it was a battlefield where many of the dreams and aspirations of a nation, hopeful of victory, were agonizingly dashed.

Because of its legendary status, the Somme has been the subject of many books, and many more will come out next year. However, nothing has ever been published on the Battle in which the soldiers’ own photographs have been used to illustrate both the campaign’s extraordinary comradeship and its carnage.

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The Cambrai Campaign 1917 Suffragism and the Great War They Shall Not Pass Deborah and the War of the Tanks 1917

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Against All Odds Western Front First Year The Last Great Cavalryman The Battle Book of Ypres

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The BEF in 1917: Arras, Vimy, Messines, Passchendaele and Cambrai Victoria Crosses on the Western Front – Third Ypres 1917 The Verdun Regiment The Journey’s End Battalion

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99p eBook offer: Somme Campaign

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Somme Campaign by Andrew Rawson.

The Somme campaign in the summer and autumn of 1916 was a defining moment in the history of the British Army. From the disastrous opening day on 1 July to the final attacks in November, each large battle and minor action is given equal treatment inside these pages.

The book concentrates on the British Army’s repeated efforts to first break through the enemy lines,and then to wear down the German in a bloody war of attrition. By compiling information from the Official History and the printed histories we get a balanced view of the most talked about side of the campaign, the British side.

You will find plenty of information on the reasoning behind each battle and the objectives. There is discussion on artillery bombardments, tactics, zero hours, the terrain and insights into the successes and failures of each attack. Over ninety new maps chart the day by day progress of Fourth and the Reserve Army across the rolling chalk downs of the Somme.

Together the narrative and maps provide an insight into the British Army’s learning curve during that fateful summer; a learning curve which set the scene for future battles on the Western Front. We can see the hard lessons learnt and the solutions used to solve a multitude of problems, from communication and all arms co-operation, to the inclusion of tanks and the growing role of the Royal Flying Corps.

Where possible the men who made a difference are mentioned; the men who lead the assault companies and bombing teams, those who cut the wire and led the survivors into the German trenches, those who stopped the counterattacks and those awarded the Victoria Cross.

Discover the real Somme campaign fought by the British Army and learn how its brave soldiers fought hard to achieve their objectives.

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