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The Somme (Cassell Military Paperbacks) by [Peter Hart, Nigel Steel]

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The Somme (Cassell Military Paperbacks) Kindle Edition

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Starred Review. Hart is the current master of an approach to military history developed by Martin Middlebrook and Lyn Macdonald. Direct quotations from participants establish the face of battle, then combined with a narrative/analytical backdrop contextualizing the personal experiences. As oral historian of Britain's Imperial War Museum, Hart has unrivaled access to relevant sources. This book, published in Britain in 2005, is a masterful synthesis of the human and the operational aspects of a campaign that increasingly defines the British experience in the Great War. Hart vividly presents the runup to the Big Push expected to end the war; the disaster of July 1, 1916, when the British army suffered nearly 60,000 casualties; and the numbing months of attrition as British troops bled against the German defenses. Hart describes the horror as reflecting not the stupidity of individual generals and politicians but the determination of nations to resolve their differences by a war fought to the finish. The British army learned how to fight battles like the Somme, built around fire power. But its learning curve was slippery with blood. Hart honors the men who paid the price. Photos, maps. (Jan. 7)
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Peter Hart's study not only is heartrending and definitive but also makes sense of this senseless disaster. (Time )

Hart superbly depicts these months of brutal combat in all their complexity. (
The New York Times Book Review )

From Hart's book I was able to learn and grasp (and even picture) the historic importance of the "creeping" or perhaps better say "staggered" barrage. Hart succeeds in showing how the gunners got steadily better (as did the guns). If you have tears to shed, you will prepare to do so when you read of the "Pals" battalions that were formed out of men from single localities and neighborhoods. (Christopher Hitchens -
The Atlantic Monthly ) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00GU32YDW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st edition (December 20, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 20, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 7619 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 602 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Peter Hart worked as the Oral Historian of the Imperial War Museum from 1981-2020. He is the author of several military history books on the First & Second World Wars. His latest book Is 'At Close Range; Life and Death in an Artillery Regiment 1939-45.'

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excelent read.
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