The 1916 Battle of the Somme is one of history’s bloodiest moments, with more than one million casualties in five months. Analyzing hitherto unknown archival material, including long-lost interviews of British POWs by German interrogators, historian Christopher Duffy paints a picture that will change your perception of the past. While the battle is often seen as a defeat for the British, for the first time the German perspective—such as their respect for the British forces and their own massive losses—is explored.
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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.