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Legacy of the Somme 1916: The Battle in Fact, Film and Fiction [Hardcover]

Gerald Gliddon
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27 Jun 1996
The Battle of the Somme is widely regarded as one of the bloodiest and most controversial land battles ever fought. The first British troops went over the top on July 1st 1916 and by the day's end some 19,000 had been killed in the greatest one-day loss the British Army has ever known. This notoriety has ensured that Somme and its many fallen warriors live on in countless books, plays and films. The purpose of the book is to set on record, in as comprehensive a listing as possible, much of what has been written, filmed or sound-recorded in the English language about the Battle since 1916, including fiction and poetry.

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  • Hardcover: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (27 Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750911603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750911603
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 18.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,485,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gerald Gliddon ,bookseller,publisher turned author published his first book, 'When the Barrage Lifts',in 1987. It is a topographical history of the Battle of the Somme and its publication was greeted with great acclaim and its current updated edition is entitled 'Somme 1916: A Battlefield Companion',.Over the next fifteen years this work was followed by the appearance of eight books of the thirteen volume ' VCs of the First World War' series. This comprehensive and popular series was followed by the 'VCs Handbook:The Western Front 1914- 1918'.
Other books by Gerald Gliddon include 'The Aristocracy and the Great War';'Legacy of the Somme' a bibliography,'Norfolk & Suffolk in the Great War', and joint authorship with Tim Skelton of 'Lutyens and the Great War'.
At the present time the author is working on the revision and updating of the final two volumes of the VCs of the First World War series of which 'The Final Days 1918' is due to be published at the end of June and 'The Sideshows' in August. By the end of August, on the occasion of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, all thirteen volumes of the VCs series will have been issued in new editions in paperback. The first commemorative paving stone to the first English winner of the VC, Private Sidney Godley, will be unveiled in East Grinstead this August. His story together with those of forty five other servicemen from Britain, Ireland and the Empire can be found in VCs of the First World War: 1914.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Just a bibliography! 30 May 2013
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The book description above can mislead if you do not read it carefully enough. The last sentence is the most important: "The purpose of the book is to set on record, in as comprehensive a listing as possible, much of what has been written, filmed or sound-recorded in the English language about the Battle since 1916, including fiction and poetry." In other words, it is just an annotated bibliography in a broad sense: it will not tell you anything about the Battle of the Somme (apart from a one-page summary), but it will tell you where you can find out about it. Apart from not being up to date (17 years old as I write), it appears to be very comprehensive and very useful in its way.
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