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The first day on the Somme

Author: Martin Middlebrook
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2001.
Series: Classic military history.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On 1 July, 1916, a continous line of British soldiers climbed out from the trenches of the Somme into No Man's Land and began to walk slowly towards dug-in German troops armed with machine-guns and defended by thick barbed wire. By the end of that day, as old tactics were met by the reality of modern warfare, there had been more than 60,000 British casualties - a third of them fatalities. Martin Middlebrook's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Personal narratives
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Middlebrook, Martin, 1932-
First day on the Somme.
London : Penguin, 2001
(OCoLC)426205559
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Middlebrook
ISBN: 9780141926940 0141926945
OCLC Number: 816505648
Notes: Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 1971.
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations, maps, portraits
Contents: The men; the Western front; the Somme and the Germans; the plan; the preparations; the last few hours; zero hour; review at 8.30am; the morning; review at noon; the afternoon; review at dusk; the night; the aftermath; the cost; an analysis; the years that followed; appendix 1 - order of battle of British infantry units; appendix 2 - order of battle of German divisions facing the British attack; appendix 3 - senior officer casualties; appendix 4 - Victoria Cross winners of 1 July 1916; appendix 5 - battalions suffering more than 500 casualties; appendix 6 - a tour of the Somme battlefield.
Series Title: Classic military history.
Responsibility: Martin Middlebrook.

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Britain suffered 60,000 casualties during The Battle of the Somme, July 1, 1916. This portrait of war on the front line draws upon official sources, local newspapers, autobiographies, novels, poems,  Read more...

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