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Fricourt and Mametz: Somme (Battleground Europe) [Paperback]

Michael Stedman
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4 Sep 1997 Battleground Europe
The fighting at Fricourt and Mametz was freq uently punctured by the denotation of mines. This series is designed for both the battle field visitor and the armchair traveller. The historical significance is described with the aid of maps and photographs. '

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (4 Sep 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850525748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850525748
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 731,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Poets Corner on the Somme 1 April 2002
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This is a remarkable book covering the actions at Fricourt/Mametz from 1 July 1916 onwards. Many famous literary figures such as Siegfried Sassoon served in this area. So did Bernard Montgomery who became a famous general during World War 2. Contains very good photos and maps for the visitor to explore the area. Numerous cemeteries also abound in the area, one of the most famous being the Devonshire Cemetery which contains the remains of Lt William Noel Hodgson who was killed in the first wave of attack. He is famous for the poem "Before Action." A well worth addition to a remarkable series of battlefield guides by Pen and Sword Books
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A comprehensive guide very suitable to the armchair traveller of a particular part of the Somme battlefield, some of which is seldom visited. Wilfred Owen's friend Siegfried Sassoon won his Military Cross here. Graves and Hodgson served in this area too.
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By G. Mott
In my view the best of the Pen & Sword Somme guides (although I have to confess I have not read them all). This is a fascinating area which has not changed a great deal with some interesting literary associations. Several sites like the Devonshire Cemetery and the German Cemetery at Fricourt are well known but others such as the two beautiful Point 110 Cemeteries deserve a visit and Bois Francais with it's mine craters also deserve more attention.

The book is well up to the others with excellent photographs and maps although there are several trench map coordinates referred to which really require one of the facsimile copies which you can get from the Imperial War Museum. These are well worth buying in any case.

If visiting I would also recommend reading Robert Graves' Goodbye to all that before hand as it has some interesting passages set in the area.

One minor word of warning the walking tour maps don't include a scale and despite the suggestion that 3 hours at a leisurely pace was enough, I found one was about 8-9 miles which exhausted my spouse's rather limited enthusiasm for battlefields.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A story of Kitchener's Army 2 May 2000
By Eric Albert Redfearn - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellant account of the battles for these two villages on the Somme, 1st July 1916. Good descriptions and photographs. For those who want to more about the poets of the Great War, there is a chapter dedicated to their contribution in what was one of the great battles of the western front in 1916. For first time visitors to the area, there are good tour guides and interesting stories of some of the men who fought and died here.
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