Since its first publication in 1987, to great critical acclaim, Gerald Gliddon's topographical survey of the Somme battlefield has become a classic reference work for all those with an interest in this most horrific of First World War battles, which resulted in over a million casualties. Set out topographically, it covers everything from the famous battle sites such as High Wood and Mametz Wood to obscure villages on the outlying flanks. The British first began to take the Somme sector over from the French Army in June 1915. From this time onwards, they built up a very close bond with the local population, many of whom continued to live in local villages close to the front line. The author draws on the latest research and analysis, as well as the testimony of those who took part, to present all aspects of a battle that was to become a symbol of the horrors of the Great War. As well as a new section of contemporary illustrations, the author has also included a full history of the cemeteries and memorials and the stories of all the senior officers to fall, the winners of the Victoria Cross and those who were 'shot at dawn'.
In addition, Somme 'personalities' such as George Butterworth are covered in far greater detail than before.
Buy Somme 1916 book by Gerald Gliddon from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
(244mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Country of Publication:
Author Biography - Gerald Gliddon
GERALD GLIDDON, a bookseller and author specialising in First World War history, is the founder-author of Sutton's 'VCs of the First World War' series, for which he has written VCs of 1914, The Somme, Arras and Messines 1917, Cambrai 1917, The Spring Offensive 1918, The Road to Victory 1918, The Final Days 1918 and The Sideshows. He lives in Brooke, Norwich.