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Publisher Description

One of the bloodiest battles in world history—a military tragedy that would come to define a generation.

On July 1, 1916, the British Army launched the “Big Push” that was supposed to bring an end to the horrific stalemate on the Western Front between British, French, and German forces. What resulted was one of the greatest single human catastrophes in twentieth century warfare. Scrambling out of trenches in the face of German machine guns and artillery fire, the Allied Powers lost over twenty thousand soldiers that first day. This “battle” would drag on for another four bloody months, resulting in over one million causalities among the three powers.


As the oral historian at the Imperial War Museum in London, Peter Hart has brought to light new material never before seen or heard. The Somme is an unparalleled evocation of World War I’s iconic contest—the definitive account of one of the major tragedies of the twentieth century.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2010
March 15
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
624
Pages
PUBLISHER
Pegasus Books
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
18.8
MB

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An Ode to Those Who Fight in Wars

I have long wanted to read about WW1 from the point of view of those who fought in the trenches of the Western Front. Peter Hart's book revealed the feeling of those who suffered, fought and died in the struggle born in the ignorance of the leaders of nations and their peoples. Hart's book should be required reading in schools both here and abroad lest ours and future generations make the same mistakes as those who have gone before us.

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