Elegy: The First Day On The Somme by Andrew RobertsElegy: The First Day On The Somme by Andrew Roberts

Elegy: The First Day On The Somme

byAndrew Roberts

Paperback | June 1, 2016

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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. 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 summer's day turned hell on earth by modern military technology—in the words of casualties, survivors, and the bereaved.
Andrew Roberts is a prize-winning historian, journalist, and broadcaster. His books include Masters and Commanders, Napoleon: A Life and The Storm of War.
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Title:Elegy: The First Day On The SommeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.9 inPublished:June 1, 2016Publisher:HEAD OF ZEUSLanguage:English

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