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Beaumont Hamel (Battleground Europe) [Paperback]

Nigel Cave
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25 April 1994 Battleground Europe
Beaumont Hamel was the Somme sector assigned as an objective to the independent-minded professional-class reservists of the London Division in 1916; they achieved better results than their more conservative comrades of the Regular Army. This "Battleground Europe" book contains all the detail, on the battle and the battlefield as it is today, that the series is famous for.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (25 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850523982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850523980
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Somme Epic! 12 Oct 2001
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On the first day of the Somme, July 1st 1916, the VIII Corps lost 14,000 officers and men trying to capture this village, the high ground surrounding it, and the neighbouring village of Serre. Beaumont Hamel was not captured until November 13th 1916.
This excellent book covers both battles of July and November. It contains excellent maps, and some amazing aerial pictures of the battlefield as it was in 1916. There are many stories of the men who fought and died there. There is also an excellent guide to the numerous battlefield cemeteries which abound in the area. A must read for the serious student of the Great War, and also an excellent guide for the visitor.
A muist buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great Somme battles. 28 Dec 2000
By A Customer
I first read this book a few years ago. Thoroughly researched with good maps and photos, this is a worthy addition to the many books about the somme 1916. If you are a first time visitor to the somme, then this is a must-buy. Good accounts of the terrible battle fought there during the summer and autumn months of 1916.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 July 2014
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Complete in every respect. The most technically difficult battle area explained in full.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Somme 24 May 2000
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Beaumont-Hamel is one of the mosy interesting areas of the Somme today. Just south of the village, numerous trenches abound and not far away are some of the Commonwealth war graves which abound in the area. The area is associated with the Newfoundland regiment which fought here on 1st July, 1916 and suffered losses of more than 90%. Nigel Cave has produced a well-researched book with many good photos and maps. Thoroughly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING AND VITAL HISTORY! 2 Nov 2012
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The Battleground Europe series guide books are an absolute treasure to the armchair historian or the battlefield tourist. The author, Nigel Cave has been visiting World War One battlefields since the age of 14 (1968). He has made about 50 visits or more! He is a preeminent historian, needless to say! Beaumont Hamel is the name of a village in Picardy that has come to represent a crucial aspect of the July 1, 1916 Battle of the Somme. For a strategic overview of the first day of battle on the Somme I strongly recommend reading Martin Middlebrook's book FIRST DAY ON THE SOMME, THE. It was here that the Hawthorn Redoubt mine was blown (dramatically captured on film) leaving behind an impressive crater. Also, it was at Beaumont Hamel that the ill-fated Newfoundland Regiment suffered such terrible casualties. Today, the regiment's trenches are preserved in a special park that is a huge draw for tourists and historians. This volume helps to give the reader a better appreciation for the courage and sacrifice of the troops in the Battle of the Somme and later actions. Also, this volume covers the ground from Redan Ridge to the Ancre. Information on cemeteries and memorials are provided as well as suggested tours. Great maps, diagrams and black and white photos help elucidate this vital history. I also recommend these volumes that pertain to the Somme battlefield: MONTAUBAN: SOMME (Battleground Europe. Somme) La Boiselle: Somme (Battleground Europe) Thiepval (Battleground Europe) Gommecourt (Battleground Europe Series) and Serre (Battleground Europe. Somme)
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