The Germans on the Somme (Images of War) by David Bilton
English | 15 Oct. 2009 | ISBN: 1844158659 | 224 Pages | EPUB (True) | 18.97 MB
The battles that took place as part of the many Somme offensives during The Great War have since become synonymous with the greatest and worst of British military planning in recent history.
However, the view from the German perspectives of the infamous battles are often overlooked. This highly detailed and interesting new title from established Great War author and Reading man David Bilton seeks to change this.
War originally came to the Somme in the closing days of September 1914 between French and German troops but it was not until the arrival of the British in July 1915 that the area became much more active. A year later, with the first battle of the Somme, the area became, for nearly five months, strategically very important. On the opening day of the Somme Offensive, the British Army suffered its greatest death toll in one day and on 21 March 1918, on the first day of the German offensive, it suffered its greatest number of POWs taken with 21,000 in total.
is the latest title in the Images of War series and makes extensive use of primary and secondary sources from the German perspective. The book is split into detailed chronological chapters that focus on each individual year from 1914 to 1918. Also included is a day-by-day chronology of all the major events that occurred throughout the period.
This highly illustrated book includes over 250 original black and white photographs, the majority of which have never been published in Britain, which focus on the activities of the Germany Army on the River Somme throughout the long years of The Great War. Being arguably the most evocative area in British military history this unique and insightful book gives the reader a rare look at the offensives through the eyes of our adversaries.
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