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The Somme : heroism and horror in the First World War

Author: Martin Gilbert
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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An account of the battle that claimed more than 300,000 lives describes the struggle between Allied troops and German forces along a fifteen-mile corridor along the Somme River in France that marked a turning point in World War I.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Gilbert
ISBN: 9780805081275 0805081275
OCLC Number: 64585886
Description: xix, 332 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prelude: 'Chewing barbed wire' --
The prospect: 'To break through and win victory' --
June 1916: 'There is much in the wind' --
The first day of the battle: 'dead men can advance no further' --
The first full week of battle: 'It looked like victory' --
The last three weeks of July: 'boys of the bull dog breed' --
Fromelles: 'a bloody holocaust' --
Pozières: 'death grinning at you from all around" --
The battle continues: 'a little uneasy in regard to the situation' --
Criticism and commitment: 'under no circumstances must we relax our effort' --
Both sides fight on: 'This fantasy of woe' --
The continuing struggle: 'I am in God's keeping' --
The arrival of the tanks: 'We are feeling top dogs' --
The struggle intensifies: 'death and decomposition strew the ground' --
October 1916: The grand design begins --
The soldiers' sacrifice: 'what else had they been born for? --
The first two weeks of November: 'The mud of the moment' --
The final battle: 'A light from our household is gone' --
Aftermath on the Somme: November 1916 to November 1918 --
Epilogue: 'We feel proud to be able to cry.'
Responsibility: Martin Gilbert.
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An account of the battle that claimed more than 300,000 lives describes the struggle between Allied troops and German forces along a fifteen-mile corridor along the Somme River in France that marked a turning point in World War I.

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