The Somme 1916: Touring the French Sector

The Somme 1916: Touring the French Sector

by David O'Mara


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473897700
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 04/05/2018
Series: Battleground Somme Series
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dave O'Mara has been visiting the battlefields for many years. For more than twenty years his interest has moved to the French army and their areas of operations and he has built up a considerable resource of histories and illustrations on it. He has explored and walked miles of the French front, from the North Sea to the Swiss border. With extensive knowledge of both the major allied armies, combined with his knowledge of the ground and ability to work with German sources, he is the ideal person to write about the French Somme, a part of the story of that terrible battlefield that has been largely neglected until now.

Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Introduction by Series Editor viii

Acknowledgements x

List of Maps xii

Chapter 1 Soldats citoyens 1

Chapter 2 The Background: The War 1914-1916 11

Chapter 3 The Battle of the Somme 1916 23

The First Day 29

The First Fortnight 47

The Attritional Battle (1) 58

The Attritional Battle (2) 66

The Attempted Breakthrough 68

The Final Act 83

Chapter 4 Tours of the French Sector 87

Introduction and Advice to Tourers 87

Tour 1, Part 1 93

Tour 1, Part 2 106

Tour 1, Part 3 123

Tour 2, Part 1 144

Tour 2, Part 2 172

Tour 3 191


1 French Cemeteries on the Somme 213

2 Gazetteer of French/British Wartime Nomenclatures 220

3 Ranks Table 221

4 French Army Abbreviations 1914-18 222

5 French Army Orders of Battle 229

Select Sources and Bibliography 232

Index 236

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