Author: Gerhard Hirschfeld, Irina Renz, Gerd Krumeich
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
The Battle of the Somme has been coined by The English philosopher and pacifist Bertrand Russell as 'maximum slaughter at minimum expense'.
Author: Graham Keech
Publisher: Pen and Sword
The village sits on top of the ridge that bears its name, a ridge that was an objective on the 1st July 1916. As it was, the whole position was not finally cleared until early September 1916 as German, Australian and British troops fought tenaciously over it.
La Bataille de la Somme
Author: Marjolaine Boutet, Philippe Nivet
1er juillet 1916. 400 000 Britanniques et 200 000 Français se lancent à l’assaut de 50 000 Allemands retranchés sur la Somme, de Gommecourt au nord à Fouquescourt au sud. Le bilan est effroyable. 57 470 Britanniques sont mis hors de combat – dont près de 20 000 perdent la vie – pour gagner 7,8 km2, soit 2,5 morts et 49 blessés par mètre carré. C’est le jour le plus meurtrier de l’histoire du Royaume-Uni. La percée du front, espérée depuis fin 1914 et défendue par Joffre, semble à portée de main. Mais les lignes allemandes résistent au bombardement de plus de 3 millions d’obus et aux multiples assauts. Plus britannique que française du fait de Verdun, la bataille se terminera, cinq mois plus tard, le 18 novembre, sans victoire décisive. Philippe Nivet et Marjolaine Boutet soulignent la dimension industrielle de cette bataille, où artillerie, mitrailleuses, aviation, tanks ont joué un rôle déterminant et ont profondément affecté les soldats de toutes nationalités. Ils montrent également que l’arrière-front n’est pas épargné par les combats, et que les souffrances endurées ont été terribles. Enfin, ils interrogent la place particulière de la bataille dans les mémoires nationales (française, britannique et allemande) depuis un siècle.
Since Roman times, the French department of the Somme has witnessed many wars, including Grecy (1346), Agincourt (1415), the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and, of course, the two World Wars. It is the Great War that has the dubious distinction of being the most notorious and 1 July 1916, the opening day of the Battle of the Somme, was the costliest in our nation's long history with some 60,000 British casualties. Thirty-five years ago Martin Middlebrook opened his literary career by writing The First Day on the Somme and, seven years later, The Kaiser's Battle, his description of the first day of the German 1918 Spring Offensive over much the same area. Having also taken numerous tours and given many lectures he knows the ground intimately. This superb guide book sets out to describe every place on the Somme where there is a military cemetery, memorial, preserved trench or crater not just from the First World War but throughout the ages until the Allies swept away the Nazi armies during their 1944 advance. Aided by his wife Mary, Martin has used his encyclopaedic knowledge to make this a truly formidable work. It is more than just a guide book as readers will benefit from the descriptive powers and sound research that are the hallmarks of this highly respected historian.
Charlie Bourne, jeune homme de 16 ans pris dans la ferveur patriotique du début de la guerre, décide de s'engager dans l'armée anglaise en mentant sur son âge, en 1916, à la veille de la bataille de la Somme... Une fois sur le front, loin de la propagande et de la frénésie va-t-en-guerre des lignes arrières, il se rend compte que la guerre est tout sauf un jeu et qu'elle est loin d'être glorieuse... Mais il va falloir s'en sortir!
The Face of Battle
Author: John Keegan
Master military historian John Keegan’s groundbreaking analysis of combat and warfare The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the "point of maximum danger." Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions, John Keegan has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles representative of three different time periods, he manages to convey what the experience of combat meant for the participants, whether they were facing the arrow cloud at the battle of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme. “The best military historian of our generation.” –Tom Clancy
As a founding event of the twentieth century, the Great War needed a great museum. At P, ronne, in the French department of the Somme, where men of twenty-five nationalities fought, the exceptional collections of the Historial of the Great War provide three points of view ? French, German and British ? of soldiers and civilians at the front and in the rear who shared a common, shattered destiny. This publication is based on the research of the Historial's Research Centre and makes full use of their resources, and offers general maps of the conflict as well as rich and varied illustrations. It will lead an interested public to a better general understanding of what the ?war culture? really was
Author: Pat Mills, Joe Colquhoun
Publisher: Titan Books
In 1916, Charley Bourne lies about his age to enlist and fight on the battlefields of France. But thoughts of glory and patriotism are swept aside by the bloody artillery barrage of soul-crushing drudgery and needless sacrifice amidst the trenches of the First World War.--From publisher description.
Author: Paul Cobb
Publisher: History Press Limited
At Fromelles in July 1916 two divisions - one British and one Australian - within a few weeks of arriving in France - went into action for the first time. Their task was to prevent the Germans from moving troops to the Somme where a major British offensive was in progress, but the attack on 19/20 July was a disaster with nearly 7,000 casualties in a few hours. This account explores this battle which for many epitomises the futility of the Great War. In those few hours many heroic deeds were done but the battle caused a souring of Anglo-Australian relationships and truly was a baptism of fire for these British and Australian troops. This is their history. In a new section, Paul Cobb explores the recent discovery in 2008/09 of a mass war grave on the battlefield and includes details of the findings of the archaeological dig, the recovery of 250 bodies and the creation of a new military cemetery. PAUL COBB is a keen historian, who has spent ten years researching the battle and the men who fought in it, through the archives of the Imperial War Museum, the National Archives and the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. He regularly conducts talks on the battle. He lives in Lechlade, Gloucestershire.
Verdun et la Somme
Author: France. Armée. Service historique
The Long Silence
Author: Helen McPhail
The horrors of the Western Front are widely known, but what was life like on 'the other side of the trenches' in World War I? Helen McPhail here shows how the rich agricultural and industrial areas of northern France were invaded by the Germans, then occupied and exploited by them, between the summer of 1914 and the Armistice in November 1918. Factories were stripped, household furniture and fittings requisitioned, food supplies taken, the population mistreated and malnourished and even taken to forced labour camps - the people lived in terror. Starvation loomed and contact with the outside world vanished. Based on original sources, including diaries, letters and journals, this fascinating account describes how - in the struggle to survive - French civilians responded in ways familiar in World War II: escape networks, espionage, producing clandestine newspapers and attempting to help British soldiers trapped behind enemy lines. It provides a unique viewpoint on a forgotten aspect of World War I.
Author: Martin Gilbert
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
From one of our most distinguished historians, an authoritative and vivid account of the devastating World War I battle that claimed more than 300,000 lives At 7:30 am on July 1, 1916, the first Allied soldiers climbed out of their trenches along the Somme River in France and charged out into no-man's-land toward the barbed wire and machine guns at the German front lines. By the end of this first day of the Allied attack, the British army alone would lose 20,000 men; in the coming months, the fifteen-mile-long territory along the river would erupt into the epicenter of the Great War. The Somme would mark a turning point in both the war and military history, as soldiers saw the first appearance of tanks on the battlefield, the emergence of the air war as a devastating and decisive factor in battle, and more than one million casualties (among them a young Adolf Hitler, who took a fragment in the leg). In just 138 days, 310,000 men died. In this vivid, deeply researched account of one history's most destructive battles, historian Martin Gilbert tracks the Battle of the Somme through the experiences of footsoldiers (known to the British as the PBI, for Poor Bloody Infantry), generals, and everyone in between. Interwoven with photographs, journal entries, original maps, and documents from every stage and level of planning, The Somme is the most authoritative and affecting account of this bloody turning point in the Great War.