Somme 1914-18: Lessons in War

Somme 1914-18: Lessons in War

by Martin Marix-Evans
     
 

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The Somme is a name with particular resonance for the people of Britain, for here, in 1916, the flower of her youth was cut down. Terrible though that day was it takes its place in a wider story: the long, painful process of learning how to fight a new kind of war. From the war of movement of 1914, when the French fought there, the conflict evolved to massive frontal… See more details below

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The Somme is a name with particular resonance for the people of Britain, for here, in 1916, the flower of her youth was cut down. Terrible though that day was it takes its place in a wider story: the long, painful process of learning how to fight a new kind of war. From the war of movement of 1914, when the French fought there, the conflict evolved to massive frontal assaults by the British and Empire troops in 1916. On the Somme the tank was first used in September 1916. Increasing sophistication in the terrifying use of artillery by the Germans broke the Allied lines in March 1918. Allied use of the same technology was then combined with other arms to create the fighting complex that inflicted the 'Black Day' on the German army in August and smashed the Hindenburg Line in September. Thus the British, Australian, Canadian, American and French forces defeated the German Army in the field at last. For the first time this book reveals how the Somme was the bloody classroom in which this new art of war was studied and it tells the story of the men who paid the price for this knowledge with their own blood.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752480022
Publisher:
The History Press
Publication date:
11/30/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
756,578
File size:
8 MB

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