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click to enlarge Bilton, David. THE GERMANS ON THE SOMME. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. 250 b&w photographs. (Pen & Sword, 2010). 9.5x7.5, 224 pages.
~~~ This highly illustrated book covers the activities of the German Army on the River Somme throughout the long years of The Great War. The initial fighting in 1914 was against the French prior to the arrival of the British Army. The 1916 Allied Offensive eventually resulted in the German withdrawal but only at a terrible cost to both sides. The 1918 Kaiserschlacht saw the Germans return, albeit briefly. Each phase is covered from the German perspective using primary and secondary sources. In addition to the wealth of splendid/fully captioned photographs, there is an authoritative general text and a useful chronological order of events. Being arguably the most evocative area in British military history, much has been written on the Somme. What makes this splendid book so different is the author's successful attempt to view events through the eyes of our adversaries.

$29.95



Buchan, John. THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME. Grosset & Dunlap, 1917. VG. A clean, tight copy with pictorial cover. 34 full- & half-page photographs, 33 maps, showing trenches and natural features, roads, towns, railroads, etc.~ many of them fold-out. Two appendices: "Sir Doublas Haig's Second Dispatch" and "Experiences of the IV German Corps in the Battle of the Somme During July, 1916: General Sixt von Armin's Report". 264 pp. $40.00

$40.00




click to enlarge Fraser, Alastair H, Andrew Robertshaw & Steve Roberts. GHOSTS ON THE SOMME: Filming the Battle, June-July 1916. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. 200 illustrations. (Pen & Sword, 2010). 9.5x7.5, 224 pages.
~~~ The Battle of the Somme is one of the most famous, and earliest, films of war ever made. The film records the most disastrous day in the history of the British army - 1 July 1916 - and it had a huge impact when it was shown in Britain during the war. Since then images from it have been repeated so often in books and documentaries that it has profoundly influenced our view of the battle and of the Great War itself. Yet this book is the first in-depth study of this historic film, and it is the first to relate it to the surviving battleground of the Somme.
~~~ The authors explore the film and its history in fascinating detail. They investigate how much of it was faked and consider how much credit for it should go to Geoffrey Malins and how much to John MacDowell. And they use modern photographs of the locations to give us a telling insight into the landscape of the battle and into the way in which this pioneering film was created.
~~~ Their analysis of scenes in the film tells us so much about the way the British army operated in June and July 1916 - how the troops were dressed and equipped, how they were armed and how their weapons were used. In some cases it is even possible to discover what they were saying. This painstaking exercise in historical reconstruction will be compelling reading for everyone who is interested in the Great War and the Battle of the Somme.

$50.00





click to enlarge Hancock, Edward and Nigel Cave. BAZENTIN RIDGE: Somme. NEW copy, paperback. Illustrated. (Pen & Sword, 2009). 5.5x8.5, 160 pages.
~~~ This guide book deals in detail with the action of 14 - 17 July 1916 involving the 110th and 20th Brigade troops including the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Leicestershire Regiment, the 8th and 9th Devonshire Regiment and the 2nd Border Regiment together with the 1st East Yorkshire King's Own Light Infantry, 24th Manchesters and 2nd Royal Warwicks in support.

$16.95




click to enlarge Masefield, John. THE OLD FRONT LINE. NEW copy, paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2006). 6x9.25, 160 pages.
~~~ July 1st 1916 is a date that remains embedded in the British folk memory. It was the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the day on which British and Empire troops suffered nearly 60,000 casualties, a third of them fatal. In this evocative classic memoir John Masefield, the future Poet Laureate, describes the battleground over which the armies were to fight. He had spent months at the front and was familiar with the men, the trenches that they inhabited and the conditions that they endured. 'The Old Front Line' was written shortly after the battle, and this elegant account will still move the modern reader as well as providing a valuable guide for the many 21st century visitors to the battlefield.
~~~ This edition has a powerful new Introduction by Martin Middlebrook.

$16.95




McCarthy, Chris, THE SOMME: The Day-by-day Account. Greenwich Editions., 1996. NEW copy. Hardcover. Glossy illustrated boards issued without dust jacket. Glossy paper throughout. 9x11. Profusely illustrated with maps and photographs. Appendices, bibliography, index, 176 pages.
~~~ Originally published at $29.95, now OUT OF PRINT.

$30.00




click to enlarge Middlebrook, Martin and Mary Middlebrook. THE MIDDLEBROOK GUIDE TO THE SOMME BATTLEFIELDS: A Comprehensive Coverage from Crecy to the World Wars. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Illustrated. (Pen & Sword, 2007). 6x9, 400 pages.
~~~ While best known as being the scene of the most terrible carnage in the WW1 the French department of the Somme has seen many other battles from Roman times to 1944. William the Conqueror launched his invasion from there; the French and English fought at Crecy in 1346; Henry V’s army marched through on their way to Agincourt in 1415; the Prussians came in 1870.
~~~ The Great War saw three great battles and approximately half of the 400,000 who died on the Somme were British – a terrible harvest, marked by 242 British cemeteries and over 50,000 lie in unmarked graves.
~~~ These statistics explain in part why the area is visited year-on-year by ever increasing numbers of British and Commonwealth citizens. This evocative book written by the authors of the iconic First Day on the Somme is a thorough guide to the cemeteries, memorials and battlefields of the area, with the emphasis on the fighting of 1916 and 1918, with fascinating descriptions and anecdotes.

$50.00





click to enlarge Middlebrook, Martin. THE FIRST DAY ON THE SOMME. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Illustrated. (Pen & Sword, 2003). 6x9, 352 pages.
~~~ After an immense but useless bombardment, at 7.30 am. On 1 July 1916 the British Army went over the top and attacked the German trenches. It was the first day of the battle of the Somme, and on that day the British suffered nearly 60,000 casualties, two for every yard of their front. With more than fifty times the daily losses at El Alamein and fifteen times the British casualties on D-day, 1 July 1916 was the blackest day in the history of the British Army. But, more than that, it was a watershed in the history of the First World War. The Army that attacked on that day was the volunteer Army that had answered Kitchener's call. It had gone into action confident of a decisive victory. But by sunset on the first day on the Somme, no one could any longer think of a war that might be won. After that it was a struggle that had simply to be endured.
~~~ Martin Middlebrook's research has covered not just official and regimental histories and tours of the battlefields, but interviews with hundreds of survivors, both British and German. As to the action itself, he conveys the overall strategic view and the terrifying reality of an new kind of war for front-line soldiers.

$32.95





click to enlarge Sheldon, Jack. THE HELL THEY CALLED HIGH WOOD: The Somme 1916. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2003). Illustrated. 6x9, 224 pages.
~~~ The Somme was surely one of the bloodiest rendezvous for battle of all time. High Wood, dominating the Bazentin Ridge, was the fiercely contested focal point of the battle. The Germans showed great determination and sacrifice defending the feature and it was not until September that it finally fell to the attackers. ironically the successful divisional commander was rewarded with dismissal for "wanton waste of men".
~~~ This exceptional book not only paints a graphic and gruesome picture of the fighting but sheds light on the problems of high command.

$36.95





click to enlarge O'Connor, Mike. AIRFIELDS & AIRMEN: SOMME. NEW copy, paperback. (Pen and Sword, 2008). Illustrated. 5.5x8.5, 160 pages.
~~~ Following on the success of Airfields and Airmen of Ypres, the author turns his attention to the most legendary sector of the British effort in World War I, the Somme. From 1916 to 1918 the British and German armies were locked in a deadly struggle here, while the Royal Flying Corps and the Imperial German Air Service flew overhead. Initially acting as scouts and artillery spotters, the ever more sophisticated aircraft became instruments of war themselves, engaging in deadly conflict far above the deadlocked armies below.
~~~ This new volume uses the Battleground Europe format of maps and then-and-now illustrations to cover all the airfields, crash sites and areas associated with the units, battles and individual aces of the aerial conflict of World War I. Coverage also includes French actions, and a few American units that served in the region near the end of the war.

$16.95





click to enlarge Pederson, Peter. HAMEL: Somme. NEW copy, paperback. Illustrated. (Pen & Sword, 2003). 5.5x8.5, 176 pages.
~~~ On 4 July 1918, American and Australian troops captured the village of Hamel and the ridge overlooking it. It was not a big battle: the equivalent of one Australian division and one battalion of newly arrived Americans were the only infantry involved. Although Hamel is not a famous named battle it is noteworthy for an increased level of sophistication . At Hamel machines went a long way towards relieving the infantry of the obligation to fight its way forward. After the battle, Haig's Headquarters promulgated its lessons for other commanders.
~~~ Among the senior officers who visited Monash's Headquarters was Brigadier-General Bernard Montgomery. The military thinker and former Tank Corps officer, Major-General J.F.C. Fuller, thought Hamel more important in making the reputation of the Tank Corps than the battle of Cambrai.

$16.95





click to enlarge Pegler, Martin. ATTACK ON THE SOMME: Haig's Offensive 1916. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. 60 illustrations. (Pen & Sword, 2006). 9.25x6, 192 pages.
~~~ Salford was late in recruiting for its Pals battalions, with many of its men already joining Territorial units and a new Pals battalion in Manchester. Yet within a year it had raised four Pals battalions and a reserve battalion. Raised mainly from Lancashire’s most notorious slums, the men trained together in Wales, North East England and on Salisbury Plain, they had great expectations of success.
~~~ On the 1st of July 1916 the Somme offensive was launched and in the very epicenter of that cauldron the first three of Salford’s battalions were thrown at the massive defenses of Thiepval - the men were decimated, Salford was shattered.
~~~ Michael Stedman records the impact of the war from the start on Salford and follows the difficulties and triumphs. Whether the actions small or great the author writes graphically about them all.
~~~ Unusual photographs and a variety of sources make this both a readable and a scholarly account.

$32.95





click to enlarge Pidgeon, Trevor. TANKS ON THE SOMME: From Morval to Beaumont Hamel. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. 30 illustrations. (Pen & Sword, 2010). 9.5x6, 176 pages.
~~~ On 15 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, tanks - one of the decisive weapons of twentieth-century warfare - were sent into action for the first time. In his previous books Trevor Pidgeon, one of the leading authorities on the early tanks, has told the story of that memorable day, but only now has his account of later tank operations during the Somme battle become available.
~~~ In this, his last work which was completed shortly before he died, he reconstructs the tank actions that took place between late September and November when the Somme offensive was closed down. His account gives a vivid insight into the actions and experiences of the tank crews, and it shows the appalling dangers they faced as they maneuvered their crude, vulnerable and unreliable machines towards the enemy. His book will be essential reading for anyone who is familiar with his previous studies of the subject and for anyone who wants to follow in the tracks of the tanks as they lumbered across the battlefield nearly 100 years ago.

$39.95





click to enlarge Reed, Paul. COMBLES: Somme. NEW copy, paperback. Illustrated. (Pen & Sword, 2009). 5.5x8.5, 144 pages.
~~~ Combles was the largest village on the Somme in 1916 and fighting for its possession began in September 1916. Flanked by two large woods to the west - Bouleaux ('Bully') and Leuze ('Lousy') - these became the front line where men of the 56th (London) Division fought and died.The bastion of Combles finally fell to a combined English and French attack. Tanks were used here in their first action on the Western Front.

$16.95





click to enlarge Renshaw, Michael. BEAUCOURT: Somme. NEW copy, paperback. Illustrated. (Pen & Sword, 2009). 5x8, 160 pages.
~~~ Beaucourt is one of the last parts of the Battle of the Somme still to be covered, until now, by the splendid Battleground Europe Series. It was also one of the last actions of the Battle of the Somme, 1916.
~~~ The eventual capture of Beaucourt along with Beaumont Hamel forced the Germans to retreat to their new defensive position known as the Hindenburg Line. The Battle of Beaucourt was also known as the Gough Offensive, led by General Gough, with a large proportion of the troops involved being from the Royal Naval Division. Indeed, Beaucourt is where Bernard Freyberg of that division won his Victoria Cross.
~~~ Following the usual Battleground style, readers are taken on a voyage of discovery through the village of Beaucourt and along the banks of the Ancre in the direction of Cambrai.

$16.95





click to enlarge Renz, Irina, Gerd Drumeich and Gerhard Hirschfeld. SCORCHED EARTH: The Germans on the Somme 1914-18. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. 16 pages mono b&w plates. (Pen & Sword, 2009). 6x9, 224 pages.
~~~ This book discusses in detail the experience of German warfare in the first World War, focusing specifically on the battle of the Somme. The Somme, together with other regions of northern France, had also lain under German domination. Its inhabitants had been rigorously suppressed and their possessions carted off as booty. Finally, during their 1917 withdrawal, the Germans had subjected the whole region to Operation Alberich, a retreat involving unparalleled brutality which left the population in occupation of a wilderness wrought by war (the "scorched earth policy"). A well-known, and well-researched account, the authors have combined their research skills to produce a book which includes private testimonies. Amongst these are many unknown or previously unpublished letters and diaries as well as numerous photographs.

$40.00





click to enlarge Rogerson, Sidney. TWELVE DAYS ON THE SOMME: A Memoir of the Trenches, 1916. NEW copy, paperback. (Frontline Books, 2009). 3 illustrations. 5x7.5, 160 pages.
~~~ A joint operation between Britain and France in 1916, the Battle of the Somme was an attempt to gain territory and dent Germany’s military strength. By the end of the action, very little ground had been won: the Allied Forces had made just 12 km. For this slight gain, more than a million lives were lost. There were more than 400,000 British, 200,000 French, and 500,000 German casualties during the fighting.
~~~ Twelve Days on the Somme is a memoir of the last spell of front-line duty performed by the 2nd Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment. Written by Sidney Rogerson, a young officer in B Company, it gives an extraordinarily frank and often moving account of what it was really like to fight through one of the most notorious battles of the First World War. Its special message, however, is that, contrary to received assumptions and the popular works of writers like Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, men could face up to the terrible ordeal such a battle presented with resilience, good humour and without loss of morale. This is a classic work whose reprinting is long overdue.
~~~ This edition includes a new Introduction by Malcolm Brown and a Foreword by Rogerson’s son Commander Jeremy Rogerson.

$26.00





click to enlarge Saunders, Tim. WESTCOUNTRY REGIMENTS ON THE SOMME. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2006). 8.5x11, Illustrated. 224 pages.
~~~ Previous works have concentrated on the 'Pal' in Britain's northern towns and cities. This book seeks to explore the little appreciated part in the Battle of the Somme played by the Regular and Volunteer Service battalions of two small West Country regiments; the Devonshire Regiment and the Dorset Regiment.
~~~ These two regiments had five battalions in action on the first day of the battle and were represented in most of the significant attacks during the three and half months of the 1916.
~~~ The reader will be able to form a clear picture of the battle's development as a whole through the eyes of Westcountry soldiers who fought on the Somme.

$45.00





click to enlarge Sheldon, Jack. THE GERMANS AT THIEPVAL. NEW copy, paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2006). 8.5x5.25, 192 pages.
~~~ Ninety years after the Battle of the Somme was fought, visitors continue to flock in very large numbers to the massive Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval, site of a bitter three-month struggle during the summer of 1916.
~~~ This book explains in detail how, from the autumn of 1914 onwards, the German defenders turned this key feature into a virtually impregnable position, from which they were able for weeks on end to repulse every attempt to capture it. Drawing on original maps, photographs and personal accounts of the German defenders, the reader is taken stage by stage through the battles for the German front line between Ovillers and Saint Pierre Divion, during the two years from September 1914 to September 1916. It explains why the British attacks of 1st July 1916 failed so catastrophically, and culminates with an account of its eventual loss at the end of September 1916.

$25.00





click to enlarge Sheldon, Jack. THE GERMAN ARMY ON THE SOMME 1914-1916. NEW copy, paperback. Illustrated. (Pen & Sword, 2007). 9.5x7.5, 224 pages.
~~~ By drawing on a very large number of German sources, many of them previously unpublished, Jack Sheldon throws new light on a familiar story. In an account filled with graphic descriptions of life and death in the trenches, the author demonstrates that the dreadful losses of 1st July were a direct consequence of meticulous German planning and preparation. Although the Battle of the Somme was frequently a close-run affair, poor Allied co-ordination and persistence in attacking weakly on narrow fronts played into the hands of the German commanders, who were able to rush forward reserves, maintain the overall integrity of their defenses and so continue a successful delaying battle until the onset of winter ultimately neutralized the considerable Allied superiority in men and material.

$32.95





click to enlarge Stedman, Michael. SOMME 1916: And Other Experiences of the Salford Pals. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. Photographs. (Pen & Sword, 2006). 9.25x6.75, 240 pages.
~~~ Salford was late in recruiting for its Pals battalions, with many of its men already joining Territorial units and a new Pals battalion in Manchester. Yet within a year it had raised four Pals battalions and a reserve battalion. Raised mainly from Lancashire’s most notorious slums, the men trained together in Wales, North East England and on Salisbury Plain, they had great expectations of success.
~~~ On the 1st of July 1916 the Somme offensive was launched and in the very epicenter of that cauldron the first three of Salford’s battalions were thrown at the massive defenses of Thiepval - the men were decimated, Salford was shattered.
~~~ Michael Stedman records the impact of the war from the start on Salford and follows the difficulties and triumphs. Whether the actions small or great the author writes graphically about them all.
~~~ Unusual photographs and a variety of sources make this both a readable and a scholarly account.

$39.95





click to enlarge Westlake, Ray. TRACING BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME. NEW copy, paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2009). 8 pages of b&w illustrations. 6x9, 320 pages.
~~~ Although seventy-eight years have passed since the Battle of the Somme was fought, interest in this, the bloodiest battle of the First World War, has never waned. Ray Westlake has collated all the information so painstakingly gathered, to produce a comprehensive compendium of the exact movements of every battalion involved in the battle. This book is invaluable not only to researchers but to all those visiting the battlefield and anxious to trace the movements of their forbears.

$26.00





click to enlarge Wilkinson, Roni. PALS ON THE SOMME 1916. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2003). Illustrated. 6x9, 224 pages.
~~~ Pals on the Somme covers the history of all the Pals Battalions who fought on the Somme during the First World War. The book looks at the events which led to the war and how the ‘Pals’ phenomenon was born. It considers the attitude and social conditions in Britain at the time. It covers the training and equipping of the Battalions, the preparations for the ‘Big Push’, 1st July 1916, and going over the top, and how each battalion fared, failed or succeeded. It looks at how they Battalions had to undergo a change after the 1st July, due to the heavy casualties, and the final victory in 1918, and how the battalions were eventually amalgamated.
~~~ The final chapter examines how each area coped in the aftermath of losing their men in the three year slaughter. It covers the organizations and visits to the Battlefields as they are today.

$29.95




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