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The Middlebrook Guide to the Somme Battlefields: A Comprehensive Coverage from Crecy to the Two World Wars

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Pen & Sword Military (first published June 30th 1994)
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Paul W
A visitor to the Somme cannot but be moved by the number of cemeteries and the number of graves - the sheer scale of the human cost of the battles fought here in WW1. This guide provides an overview of the 1916 and 1918 battles (with passing comments on other battles in 1346, 1870 and 1940). It is particularly noteworthy for its comprehensive detail on Commonwealth military cemeteries, with personal insights on those buried in many of them.
For those with an interest in military history, this bo
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Kruip
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Een uitermate interessant naslagwerk, zeer getailleerd. Voor iedereen die wel eens in deze contreien geweest is krijgt iedere steen, iedere boom, elke straathoek, heuvel, of nog zichtbaar te vinden overblijfsel van een bomkrater, een naam. Een naam van mensen die aldaar geploeterd hebben in de modder, het bloed, de drek, terwijl ze zich ondertussen schoten en beschoten werden. Weinig boeken over de grote oorlog geven zo goed weer hoe nutteloos de bedachte strategieën in feite waren. Slechts enke ...more
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A beautiful travel guide written by an historian with a meticulous approach to detail.
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Martin Middlebrook (born 1932) is a British military historian and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Appointed Knight of the Order of the Belgian Crown in 2004.