Somme 1916: A Battlefield Companion by Gerald Gliddon

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16 April 2016
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This year marks the centenary of the devastating Battle of the Somme, which tragically earned its place in public consciousness as the worst day for casualties in the history of the British Army.

This year marks the centenary of the devastating Battle of the Somme, which tragically earned its place in public consciousness as the worst day for casualties in the history of the British Army. Thousands of people are expected to attend commemorative events to remember the battle that took place on 1 July 1916, so this is the perfect time to update and reissue Gerald Gliddon’s authoritative guide, first published in 1987. You’ll find day-to-day accounts of the build-up and battle taken from war diaries, and a comprehensive A-Z of relevant locations packed with handy facts about places, from the hospitals and troops based there, to the railway stations, significant events, casualties, cemeteries and memorials. There are brief biographies of the senior officers who fell, winners of the Victoria Cross and those ‘shot at dawn’, as well as archive photographs and maps in this updated analysis of events. Whether or not you are visiting the battlefields this year, Somme 1916 will make an enlightening companion when researching your relatives who fought.

ISBN: 9780750967327. RRP £20 paperback. The History Press.

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