Attack on the Somme

Haig's Offensive 1916

Martin Pegler

 
Date Published :
September 2006
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Campaign Chronicles
Illustration :
60 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781844153978
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$32.95

Overview
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The Battle of the Somme is fixed in the country's collective memory as a disaster - probably the bloodiest episode in the catalogue of futile offensives launched by the British on the Western Front. Over five months of desperate fighting in 1916 the British wrestled with the Germans for control of a narrow strip of innocuous French countryside. When the fighting petered out the British had barely pushed back the Germans from their original positions for a combined casualty figure of over a million men. But after 80 years this notorious episode in western military history deserves to be reassessed.

Previously unpublished eyewitness accounts are used to give a fascinating first-hand view of the immediate experience of the fighting. As Martin Pegler shows, a revision in our assessment of the Somme, in particular of the tactics and the weaponry employed by the combatants, is overdue, and he challenges the traditional assumptions about the course of the battle and its future impact on the development of warfare.

About The Author
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Martin Pegler is a well-known military historian and writer who has made a special study of historic firearms and the battles of the Great War. He was Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds and is the author of many articles in military history journals and magazines and has written seven books.

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