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Zero Hour 100 Years on: Views from the Parapet of the Somme by Jolyon Fenwick
  

Zero Hour 100 Years on: Views from the Parapet of the Somme

History   World War One Literature   

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Jolyon Fenwick's eerily compelling photographs are accompanied by detailed maps and vivid descriptions of the day's events, detailing their awful human loss: out of 116,000 British and Empire troops committed to the assault, by nightfall 57,470 had become casualties, and 19,240 were dead. Zero Hour is simultaneously a celebration of the renewing power of nature, and a powerful and unconventional reminder of the horrors of the past.

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Zero Hour 100 Years on: Views from the Parapet of the Somme by Jolyon Fenwick

The first day of the battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916, was the most devastating event of the First World War for the British army. In Zero Hour, 14 superlatively photographed panoramas (each one a four-page gatefold, opening to nearly 1 metre wide) show the Somme's major sites as they look today. Taken from the exact viewpoints of the front-line British troops as they began their advance towards the German trenches at 7.30 a.m., these hauntingly peaceful present-day views are annotated (in the handwritten military style of the time) to show the lethal German defensive positions at the moment of the attack.

Reviews

'Original, vivid and haunting: a must-read account of the first day of the Somme.' Peter Frankopan, author of 'The Silk Roads'


About the Author

Jolyon Fenwick read Modern History at Bristol University before pursuing a career in advertising and television. He has a near-obsession with the First World War. He has been visiting the Somme battlefields for over twenty years and has been planning this project for almost as long.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd June 2016

Author

Jolyon Fenwick

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Publisher

Profile Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
136 pages

Categories

History
World War One Literature

History
Photography & photographs

ISBN

9781781257081

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