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Twelve Days on the Somme: A Memoir of the Trenches, 1916

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A joint operation between Britain and France in 1916, the Battle of the Somme was an attempt to gain territory and dent Germany's military strength. By the end of the action, very little ground had been won: the Allied Forces had made just 12 km. For this slight gain, more than a million lives were lost. There were more than 400,000 British, 200,000 French, and 500,000 Ger ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published July 19th 2009 by Frontline Books (first published 1933)
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Jan 29, 2017 added it
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This is a thoroughly readable account by someone who was there. Rogerson deliberately chooses not to dwell on the horrors although the threat of death is constantly there in the background. You really feel as if you are in the trenches with Rogerson and his men, coping with being tired and cold. Thoroughly recommended if you're interested in WW1
Sep 23, 2014 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Wanda by: Geevee
23 SEP 2014 -- recommended by Geevee. Many thanks!
Carl Smith
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous account of what it was like to fight in World War I. Reading this puts you right there in the trenches with author Sidney Rogerson, who wrote this in 1933. Many young person and older person alike should read this book to get a true account of what it was like to be a soldier back in those times.
Sam Munsch
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best war memoirs that I have read, presenting a less subjective portrayal of the Great War. Rogerson presents both the dark and light sides of the war with an incredibly personal touch.
This memoir shows what life was like for a British soldier on the Somme in the closing stages of the battle. It doesn't cover the bloody opening day, but 12 days in the biting cold of November 1916.

Sidney Rogerson is a young lieutenant in the 2nd West Yorks as the Battle of the Somme comes to an end. His memoir isn't the stuff of derring-do, but the everyday experiences of the Tommies on the Western Front. The best part of the book for me is when the battalion is in the trenches on the front li
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you have any interest in World War I, this book is a must read. Most folks tend to read the novels centering around The Great War like ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN, and JOURNEY'S END. What sets this book apart from these novels is this is the diary of British officer Sidney Rogerson and the twelve days he spent on The Somme during the Winter of 1916. Although Rogerson was not in the trenches of The Somme that fateful day in July, 1916, he gives us a vivid portrayal of wh ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
A little on the short side given the authors position vis-a-vis an important historical event. Yet, Rogerson's brevity does provide an easy to digest primary source for researchers/authors interested in this particular period. Rogerson is also a good source for insights into morale in the late all-volunteer period of the BEF.
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