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Somme by Lyn Macdonald
  

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The year 1916 was one of the great turning-points in British history: as the youthful hopes of a generation were crushed in a desperate struggle to survive, and traditional attitudes to authority were destroyed for ever. On paper, few battles have ever been so meticulously planned. This title tells this history. Here, almost for the first time, Lyn Macdonald lets the men who were there give their own testimony. Their stories are vivid, harrowing, sometimes terrifying - yet shot through with humour, immense courage and an astonishing spirit of resilience.

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Somme by Lyn Macdonald

2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme 'There was hardly a household in the land', writes Lyn Macdonald, 'there was no trade, occupation, profession or community, which was not represented in the thousands of innocent enthusiasts who made up the ranks of Kitchener's Army before the Battle of the Somme...' A hundred and fifty thousand were killed in the punishing shellfire, the endless ordeal of attack and counter-attack; twice that number were left maimed or wounded.

Reviews

'What the reader will longest remember are the words - heartbroken, blunt, angry - of the men who lived through the bloodbath...a worthy addition to the literature of the Great War...' Daily Mail

'Somme expresses the full range of meaning of the word 'grim'...I doubt if there are any better than this' -- John Terraine Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Lyn Macdonald is one of the most highly regarded historians of the First World War. Her books tell the men's stories in their own words and cast a unique light on the experiences of the ordinary 'Tommy'. The Roses of No Man's Land, Somme and They Called it Passchendaele have been recently reissued by Penguin. She lives near Cambridge.

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Book Info

Publication date

26th September 2013

Author

Lyn Macdonald

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

History
World War One Literature

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

ISBN

9780241952382

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