The Battle of the Somme: The Heroism and Horror of War Hardcover – Jun 27 2006
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“The Battle of the Somme adds a human touch to this devastating campaign — a fine book by one whom many consider the greatest living war author.”
— Ottawa Sun
“Gilbert has unearthed fascinating details of the campaign. . . . An unforgettable read.”
— Philadelphia Inquirer
“A steadily astonishing piece of work that acts as a worthy remembrance.”
— New York Post
“Superbly written . . . a fitting commemoration of the tragedy.”
— Publishers Weekly
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Martin Gilbert, the author of more than seventy books, is Winston Churchill’s official biographer and a leading historian of the modern world. In 1995 he was knighted “for services to British history and international relations,” and in 1999 he was awarded a Doctorate of Literature by the University of Oxford for the totality of his published work. As a British schoolboy he was sent to Canada to live out the years of World War II in safety. He now divides his time between London, Ontario, and London, England.See all Product Description
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Sir Martin Gilbert beautifully describes the events leading up to the battle, providing the reader with details, but not smothering them with countless facts.
I personally liked how he included many names of the men killed, as well as the cemetery or monument that marks their name. It is a touching tribute to what these individuals sacrificed. Furthermore, as he states, if you are to visit any of these monuments/cemeteries, it would allow the reader the opportunity to pay tribute to these soldiers.
The Battle of the Somme brought to light the horrors of what my great-grandfather experienced. I had always known that the Somme was a horrific battle, but to read it in further detail provides me with the reasons why he did not survive and return home.
I thank Sir Martin for writing this beautiful book and for giving my great-grandfather, as well as millions of others the honour they deserve.