The recent media coverage of the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme will I am sure renew existing interest or create interest for the first time in this, one of the bloodiest battles in our history. In the summer months there is usually a steady flow of visitors to this area, some travel in private cars and others in groups, what ever their reasons, most leave wanting to learn more of events at the time of the battle itself and therefore this volume in this excellent series of books will provide them with many answers they seek and a great deal of other useful information too.
Beaumont Hamel is name which conjures up appalling visions too, as it was here on 1st July 1916 that thousands of men of VIII Corps, British Fourth Army, were killed or wounded for no gains whatsoever. This volume covers the actions there at that time and also the Old Front line from Redan Ridge to the Ancre.
These excellent handy sized publications are without a doubt ideal to use whilst on tour. They include many then and now photographs and make full use of original maps too. Coupled with other archive information and the excellent personal accounts of those who actually fought there, will take the reader stage by stage through the battles. It will therefore be beneficial to a wide range of readers from the expert military historians and family history researchers, through to the casual day tripper, who may be interested to learn that many of our now famous historians or the finest of battlefield guides actually kindled their interest in the Great War and distinguished careers from one of these short day trips to the Somme!