Through German Eyes: The British and the Somme, 1916

Through German Eyes: The British and the Somme, 1916

by Christopher Duffy


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ISBN-13: 9780753822029
Publisher: Phoenix
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Series: Phoenix Press Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.86(w) x 5.18(h) x 1.01(d)

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Through German Eyes: The British and the Somme, 1916 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Schmerguls on LibraryThing 11 hours ago
This is a 2006 book by a British, well, I guess, Irish, historian (his father was an Irish Guardsman in the Great War) telling of the battles of the Some from July 1 till year's end in 1916. It tells the story based on German records, and especially on the information which captured Englishmen told their German captors--it seems the Germans got lots of valuable information from the loose-lipped English captives. Sometimes it is unclear what the author if describing: what Germans said, what captive English said, or general knowledge of the events. The loss of life was terrible but I agree that the Somme helped the Allies to win the war, even though it was more deadly for the British than for the Germans. There is a good discussion of weapons used in the battle, of gas, of tanks (first used in the battle), and of airplanes. The account of the battles (told in great detail) I found not interest-holding.