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An Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916 by Robert J. Parker
  

An Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916

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Fascinated by history? Wish you knew more? The Illustrated Introductions are here to help. In this lavishly illustrated, accessible guide, find out everything you need to know about the Battle of the Somme.

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An Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916 by Robert J. Parker

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.

About the Author

Robert J. Parker has been a school teacher for over thirty years and is the author of British Prime Ministers, and The Kings & Queens of England both published by Amberley. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in history and combines his passion for the history of the First World War with frequent travel to the battlefield sites. He spent several months based in France studying the remains of the Western Front trenches for this book. He is currently working on a new history of the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele, also for Amberley.

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Book Info

Publication date

11th February 2016

Author

Robert J. Parker

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Publisher

Amberley Publishing

Format

Paperback
96 pages

Categories

History
World War One Literature

First World War
Battles & campaigns
European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9781445644424

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