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Book Review - The Somme

By: Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson (572/35731)
Publisher: UNSW Press ISBN: 0-86840-844-1

In the long history of the British Army, the Battle of the Somme was its bloodiest encounter. Between 1 July and mid-November 1916, 432,000 of its soldiers became casualties about 3,600 for every day of battle. What went wrong for the British, and who was responsible? Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson examine the entire public archive covering the Somme campaign in 1916 and painstakingly reconstruct the day-by-day course of the war. The result is the most precise and authentic account of the campaign on record, and a book that challenges almost every received view of the battle. Prior and Wilson decisively change our understanding of the history of the Western Front.

November 2007


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