Eyewitness on the Somme 1916

Matthew Richardson

* Graphic first-hand accounts from both sides of the battlefield

* Covers the entire course of the battle, from the first day onward

* Features previously unpublished eyewitness material

* Over 100 original photographs, many previously unseen

* Colour plates featuring artefacts recovered from the battlefield
Date Published :
May 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
100 color and black-and-white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781592991
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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What was the soldier’s experience of the Battle of the Somme? How did the men who were there record their part in the fighting or remember it afterwards? How can we, 100 years later, gain an insight into one of the most famous – and contentious - episodes of the Great War?

Matthew Richardson’s graphic account, which is based on the vivid personal testimony of those who took part, offers us a direct impression of the reality of the battle from the perspective of the ordinary soldiers and junior officers on the front line.

He draws heavily on previously unpublished personal accounts – letters, diaries, and memoirs, some never before translated into English – to build up a multifaceted picture of the Somme offensive from the first disastrous day of the attack, through the subsequent operations between July and November 1916. In their own words, the soldiers who were caught up in the conflict recall in unflinching detail the fighting across the entire Somme battlefield.

The narrative features the recollections of British, Commonwealth, French and American soldiers, and interweaves their testimony with descriptions left by their German adversaries. For the first time in a single volume, the reader has the opportunity to explore all facets of this momentous five-month-long struggle.

Over 100 black-and-white contemporary photographs, many previously unpublished, accompany the text, whilst a selection of artifacts recovered from the battlefield is illustrated in color. These striking objects bear silent witness to the ferocity of the battle, and often reflect some moment of personal tragedy.

About The Author
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Matthew Richardson is Curator of Social History at Manx National Heritage. He has a long term interest in military history, in particular the First and Second World Wars. This is his eleventh book for Pen and Sword, and is the culmination of many years of study and research into the role of the Isle of Man between 1939 and 1945\. He is fortunate enough to have met and spoken with many of the contributors whose words appear in this book.

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