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.
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.