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Title: The Battle of the Somme: The Heroism and Horror of War.
Description: Toronto, McClelland & Stewart. 2006, First Canadian Edition. (ISBN: 9780771035470) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 332 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, maps. "(O)n 1 July 1916, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 733 of 801 men in the 1st Newfoundland Regiment were killed. From their starting position in a British support trench, the Newfoundlanders had to cross some 230 metres of fire-swept ground before they reached their own front line. In less than a half-hour, it was all over. The divisional commander wrote of the Newfoundland effort: 'It was a magnificent display of trained and disciplined valour, and its assault failed of success because dead men can advance no further.' Well might the Germans refer to the Battle of the Somme as das Blutbad - the bloodbath. From 1 July to 15 November 1916, a period of just 138 days, more than 310,000 soldiers from four great armies, the British, Canadian, French, and German, were killed. The German death toll on the Somme was larger than that of all the Allied forces combined. The heroism of the Dominion troops moved British prime minister David Lloyd George to write: 'The Canadians played a part of such distinction that thenceforth they were marked as storm troops. Coming into the line, they prepared for the worst.' After four and a half months of fighting, the Allied armies had not reached the line they set for themselves for the first day of battle. In this vivid, deeply researched account of one of history's most destructive battles, (the author) tracks (it) through the experiences of footsoldiers, generals, and everyone in between. Interwoven with photographs, journal entries, original maps, and documents from every stage and level of planning, (this book) is the most authoritative and affecting account of this bloody turning point in the Great War." Slight cigarette odor. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Very Good+/Very Good+.

Keywords: Aerial Combat, Reconnaissance, Bombs, Albert, Picardy, Ancre River, Amiens, Anzacs, Beaumont-Hamel, Big Push, Cambrai, Canadian Troops, Cavalry, Cavan, Churchill, Delville Wood, James Edmonds, Foch, Fourth Army, Fricourt, Gallipoli, Hubert Gough, Haig, Hi

Price: US$ 25.00 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 25972

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