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La Boiseslle: Ovillers/Contalmaison Somme (Battleground Europe) Kindle Edition
This addition to the growing series of battlefield guides has been written by Michael Stedman, author of Thiepval. Drawing upon the wealth of material available in both national and local archives, documentary evidence, personal reminiscence and British and German unit histories, La Boiselle will add enormously to the experience of any visitor to this extraordinary location on the Somme battlefield.This distinctive volume has ample detail to satisfy the discerning expert whilst retaining the accessible style which will ensure that anyone new to these magnificently informative places will feel at home with the text. Apart from the historical detail, La Boiselle is illuminated by a distinctive and detailed array of maps and aerial photographs which will guide the reader both at home and in the field. To support the maps a sequence of contemporary and comparison present-day photographs will enable students to plan and execute a series of enjoyable, informative and evocative tours through the locality. These walks will guide people to little-known sections of still existent front-line and assembly trenches, dug-outs, gun-pits and observation posts, past the memorials and cemeteries, with an eye for detail as well as to the human and personal experience of the conflict. If you are researching the story of a family member who served or is commemorated here, if you wish to deePen & illuminate a visit to a new Western Front location, if you are a student of the battlefield and the military tactics employed here, La Boiselle will add enormously to your knowledge and understanding of this powerful place. In an unsentimental manner, La Boiselle can transport you back across eight decades to understand something of the experience of the Tommies and their German counterparts who fought and died here during the Great War.
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The Battleground Europe series of guides is designed for both the battlefield visitor and the armchair traveler. There is extensive guidance on how to make the most of your battlefield visit. The historical significance of each site is described in detail with the aid of maps and photographs. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Michael Stedman was born in Salford in 1949 and graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne after which he became a school teacher in Manchester for 24 years. During the 1980's his first book,The Salford Pals, was published, followed in the early 1990's by The Manchester Pals. He moved to Worcester in 1994, subsequently devoting his time to many projects most of which centre on the Great War's history. Since 1995 he has written numerous books on the history of the Great War including,Thiepval, La Boisselle, Fricourt, Guillemont and Advance to Victory in the Battleground Europe Series as well as Great Battles of the Great War which accompanied a Tyne Tees / ITV series of the same name. He is married to a doctor, Yvonne, and has two sons. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00KYVDTG2
- Publisher : Pen & Sword Military (October 1, 1996)
- Publication date : October 1, 1996
- Language : English
- File size : 15331 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 261 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #545,857 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2012
La Boisselle is the name given to a key sector of the Somme battlefield that saw, on July 1,1916. the blowing of the Lochnagar and "Y" Sap mines at 7:28 a.m. There is much more, however, to be appreciated from this battlefield, as I have discovered! It was the author's intention to create a guide that would shed more light on "forgotten battles and moments of great heroism and fortitude which often lie undisturbed along history's convoluted wayside paths" (to quote author Michael Stedman). I believe that he achieved his aim! This is an extremely valuable guide to the Somme Battlefield and helps the armchair historian or the battlefield tourist develop a deeper appreciation for the cataclysmic events of July 1, 1916. The Battleground Europe series provides fantastic coverage of World War One battles, sector by sector. This volume is just one of many needed to really, thoroughly understand the battle of the Somme. You need to read Martin Middlebrook's book The First Day on the Somme 1 July 1916 (Penguin History) for starters then get these guidebooks to narrow down, and closely examine the many facets that make up the battle. I would recommend these volumes as essential: Gommecourt (Battleground Europe Series) Serre (Battleground Europe. Somme) Somme: Beaumont Hamel (Battleground Europe) MONTAUBAN: SOMME (Battleground Europe. Somme) and Thiepval: Somme (Battleground Europe) also by Michael Stedman,
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2015
Another great book in this series. A critical part of the battlefield; the book is heavily illustrated with both photos and maps. If going to the Somme to visit, a most useful guide that I will use in the very near future.
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Superbly writing and thought out.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2018
This book is excellent, very informative and probably the first book I have come across that gives the 11th Suffolks (Cambs) a mention, now I just need to plan my own trip and pay my respect to my Grand Uncle 01071916.
The Somme battlefield guide.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 16, 2013
La Bossele is a very detailed guide to that area of the Somme and what happened there during the 1916 attempt to capture the village. The guide provides plenty of information about regiments, trenches, individual actions etc. I have visited the Some on several occasions, and would have found this battlefield guide useful, and easy to carry.