Elegy. The First Day On The Somme

Roberts Andrew

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Cover Type: Hardcover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: As New
Publisher: Head Of Zeus Ltd
Publisher Place: London
Publisher Year: 2015
Edition: First Edition

Description: 291 pages. Book and Jacket appear to have hardly been read and are both in As new condition throughout.

Publishers Description: The New York Times-bestselling author of Napeoleon: A Life and The Storm of War tells the shattering story of the blackest day in the history of British army: the first day of the Somme Offensive, July 1, 1916 On July 1, 1916, after a five-day bombardment, 11 British and five French divisions launched their long-awaited "Big Push" on German positions on high ground above the Rivers Ancre and Somme on the Western Front. Some ground was gained, but at a terrible cost. In killing-grounds whose names are indelibly imprinted on 20th-century memory, German machine-guns”manned by troops who had sat out the storm of shellfire in deep dugouts”inflicted terrible losses on the British infantry. The British Fourth Army lost 57,470 casualties, the French Sixth Army suffered 1,590 casualties, and the German 2nd Army 10,000. And this was but the prelude to 141 days of slaughter that would witness the deaths of between 750,000 and 1 million troops. Andrew Roberts evokes the pity and the horror of the blackest day in the history of the British army”a summers day turned hell on earth by modern military technology”in the words of casualties, survivors, and the bereaved.

ISBN: 9781784080013

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