An Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916 (An Illustrated Introduction to)
By: Robert J. Parker (author)Paperback
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.
Robert J. Parker has been a school teacher for over thirty years. He has Bachelors &Masters degrees in history & combines his passion for the history of WW1 & WW2 with frequent travel to the battlefield sites. He has spent several months based in France studying the remains of the D-Day landings. He has visited six continents and over fifty countries, making more than forty separate trips to the United Kingdom alone. He lives in Indiana, USA.
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