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Book Title: Somme|
The author of the book: Lyn Macdonald
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 922 KB
Edition: Michael Joseph Ltd
Date of issue: June 20th 1983
ISBN 13: 9780718122546
Read full description of the books Somme:Somme, July 1916. For almost seventy years the very name of the battle has epitomised all the horror and hardship of the First World War. There was hardly a family in the land who had not seen at least one son join up in the heady innocence and enthusiasm that swept the country in 1914. The Battle of the Somme was their baptism of fire. A hundred and fifty thousand of the soldiers they proudly called 'our boys' died in it; three hundred thousand more were maimed or wounded.
No modern battle had ever been more meticulously planned. But the front-line soldier knew little of the strategy. His object was to survive, if he could, the relentless punishing shellfire, the ordeal of attack and counter-attack, and to get out again to the dubious comfort of a billet in a broken-down barn. There might be a village girl to ogle, an estaminet where the drinks were cheap and the songs bawdy, and there was always the hope of scrounging a meal that would break the monotony of 'His Majesty's Stew'.
Somme is a human chronicle of life as well as death, a vivid blend of military history and the immediacy of personal recollection that puts us uniquely in touch with ordinary people caught up in momentous events.
This is the third book in Lyn McDonald's vernacular history of the First World War. Like They Called it Passchendaele and The Roses of No Man's Land, it is the result of prodigious research and the collection of original material, full of little-known episodes and telling details. But for the reader the overwhelming impression is of the indomitable character of the men who fought and endured.
Read information about the authorOver the past twenty years Lyn Macdonald has established a popular reputation as an author and historian of the First World War. Her books are They Called It Passchendaele, an account of the Passchendaele campaign in 1917; The Roses of No Man's Land,, a chronicle of the war from the neglected viewpoint of the casualties and the medical teams who struggled to save them; ,Somme, a history of the legendary and horrifying battle that has haunted the minds of succeeding generations; 1914, a vivid account of the first months of the war and winner of the 1987 Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award; 1914-1918: Voices and Images of the Great War, an illuminating account of the many different aspects of the war; and 1915: The Death of Innocence, a brilliant evocation of the year that saw the terrible losses of Aubers Ridge, Loos, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres and Gallipoli.
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