Somme: Battlefield Guide

100th Anniversary

Tonie Holt, Valamai Holt

* New full colour, excellent value guide from the unrivalled Battlefield touring experts

* The culmination of 30 years research and touring by the authors

* In tune with modern travelling all places recommended as visits have not
just a photo (around 450 in all) but also GPS references for satnavs.

* The book will help you discover how to find
Date Published :
July 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guides
Illustration :
Full integrated color & b&w
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473866720
Pages : 368
Dimensions : 8.75 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The 100th Anniversary of the most publicly aware battle of WW1 - the battle of the Somme, will be on 1 July 2016 and every media form will be covering it from January onwards. The book has taken 20 years to mature from its first edition to this new 'Definitive' edition, the Seventh, each time being updated and expanded. It is a legacy that should be on every bookshelf.

The book is based upon over 30 years of traveling and writing about battlefields by two people - Major and Mrs Holt - who are credited with having started the modern era of battlefield tours - and were awarded the Somme Centenary Medal for their work in 'opening the doors to the battlefields' with their books.

This Guide Book is MORE than a guide book - Sir Martin Gilbert said, ' the Holts have raised the Guide Book to a new high level,' and ' the golden thread that runs through it (the previous Somme Guide) - is the focus that the Holts give to the stories of individuals'. It will therefore appeal both to General and to Specialist readers whether they travel to the battlefields or not.

This is not merely a guide book, nor a history book, but it is brimming with human interest stories of veterans' experiences, tales of bravery, comradeship, natural terror, literary illusions to poets who experienced the battles (such a Owen & Sassoon, Seeger and Sorley) ...

If you buy just one book about the Battle of the Somme, this is the one that you should have, written by those who know the area and the battlefield better even than the French themselves, and who tell its story from both humanistic and military standpoints


"Whether someone simply wants to buy just one book about the Somme for reference or is planning to go in person, they should be armed with this book penned by foremost experts on the landscape and fighting that took place there."

- Toy Solder & Model Figure

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