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The Germans at Beaumont Hamel (Battleground Europe) [Paperback]

Jack Sheldon
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18 May 2006 Battleground Europe
Beaumont Hamel is the tiny French hamlet that gave its name to one of the bitterest sectors in the battle of the Somme. Well known in Britain and Canada for the appalling losses suffered on the battle s first day, July 1st 1916, (more than 900 men lost from Newfoundland alone are remembered in the preserved trenches of the Newfoundland memorial Park) . This book covers the Beaumont Hamel sector of the front lines from Redan Ridge to the Ancre river and describes why and how the Germans built their defences into such a formidable stronghold. Moving on from the disaster of July 1st, the book describes how defeat was turned into eventual victory with the taking of Beaumont Hamel by the Highland Division at the end of the battle in November 1916.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Battleground; illustrated edition edition (18 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844154432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844154432
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 13.4 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 561,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Covers the whole of the Somme battle in the central Beaumont Hamel sector, from the disastrous losses of the first day in July to the German strongpoint s eventual capture by the Highland Division in November. --Naval and Military Press

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4.0 out of 5 stars OMISSIONS. 4 Sep 2013
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I know the area well, but the book did not show photo's of the tunnels or the deep shelters which are known to be in the village and beneath the adjacent trench park.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Was it worth it? 3 July 2006
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, well researched read. 30 Mar 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I find it interesting to research the "other side" of the war particularly as I have been to BH several times and am going back to the Somme in April for Anzac Day 2014. Being familiar with the topography assists greatly.We have thousands of books written from the Allies point of view but Jack Sheldon is one of very few who give an insight into the German perspective. Difficulty in accessing or locating German army records would be a major issue for any researcher. I have now downloaded a number of Jack's books. This particular book provides more insight into the actual battles and describes localised attacks, defence strategies etc. A very good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Germans At Beaumont Hamel 18 Oct 2012
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This is one of several excellent WWI battlefield guide books by Jack Sheldon. Well written and researched , clear and concise. Though nominally about the German perspective it is really about the battle itself, putting the reader at the spot and telling what happened there. Very good walking tour suggestions.

Disappointed in every other "battlefield guide" I read till I got to this series. This book and the others by Sheldon are all you need to independently tour WWI battlefields in France and Belgium.
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