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Major and Mrs Holt's Pocket Battlefield Guide to the Somme 1918: "The Big Push": 1 July-17 November 1916; The Kaiser's Offensive: 21 March-25 April 1918; American/Canadian/French Sectors 1918 Paperback – 18 May 2006

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; Ill edition (18 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844153959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844153954
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 11.4 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Major & Mrs Holt are the Formost experts on battlefield touring. Their previous guides books including the Somme, Ypres, Gallipoli, Normandy and Market Garden (Arnhem), Western Front North, are all bestsellers.


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael David Booker on 19 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
The Somme needs little introduction to the military historian Great War enthusiast and many family historians as the events there around 90 years ago left a mark on French soil and in British history that can never be deleted.

It is a known fact that an ever increasing number of researchers, enthusiasts and casual trippers visit these areas each year, obviously some are more interested than others and it is the casual visitor or those with limited time, that these two splendid books are aimed.

Major and Mrs Holt produce the best guides to the battlefields one can wish to buy, they are without a doubt quality products and are invaluable to a wide range of readers. Despite this new volume being a fraction of the price and size of the more detailed Holts publications, it does not lack detail and therefore anyone contemplating a visit to this famous battlefield area would be advised to take a copy with them on tour.

In usual Holt's style,it is fully comprehensive and features excellent colour pictures and maps, excellent itineraries with map references and mileages together with a wealth of other up to date information and facts, it will make any visit to this area so much more enjoyable.

Its well done and thanks once again Major and Mrs Holt for your valuable contribution to this fascinating subject.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Dec. 2010
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This small book is an excellent pocket guide to the museums, war cemeteries and battlefield locations of the Somme sector of the Western Front between 1916-18, containing just the right amount of detail to plan any visit lasting no more than three or four days. During my visit to this region in August 2010, I found it to be invaluable.

The Somme offensive of 1916 is described and the actions of all the participating formations detailed. A further section then relates the enormous German offensive of March 1918 (the "Kaiserschlacht" meant to deal a knock-out blow to the Allies following the freeing-up of hundreds of thousands of the Kaiser's troops on the Eastern Front after peace was made with the new Bolshevik regime in Russia) which basically fought over the same ground as the 1916 Somme battles until it was ground to a standstill by lack of supplies and allied counter-attacks, returning the front to stalemate.

The authors detail the most prominent and interesting sites to visit - the excellent museum under the market square in Albert which exits into an ornamental garden (painted wall mural and shell-damaged church tower featured on the book's cover), for example, is under no circumstances to be missed - and many of the minor memorials and lesser-known spots. Any visitor to this part of Europe will be aware that the landscape is littered with cemeteries and tens of thousands of war graves: German, French, British (especially in this sector), Australian, Canadian and a few American too: the flower of a generation scattered across the gently rolling fields under a sea of white gravestones.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Pj Williams VINE VOICE on 19 May 2010
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invaluable on the trail and even more useful if you buy the map to go with it. basically took all the effort out of the trip
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Mar. 2009
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Good small guide book excellent for taking with you
Directions good and distances accurate. Could do with some road maps particularly if you want to visit sites in a different order from the tour.
Used in conjunction with the CWGC overprinted Michelin maps
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abigail Nobbs on 26 April 2010
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An excellent book for the pocket on a limited visit to the Somme area and well illustarted.
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I am just back from the Somme and used this book as a guide ... It was invaluable and let us see the total area. We not only found where our Grandfather won his military medal, but we also found the grave of another friend and the trench where another friends relative won a vc .... I cannot say how much this book meant to me.
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By Howard on 29 May 2014
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A very practical, informative and useful guide. We were visiting the area for three days - this guide helped us choose a few sites and enabled a most memorable time.
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By M. D. Allen on 21 July 2013
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I took this book with me to France and couldn't have wished for a more informative book. I recommend it to any one visiting the battle fields of WW1. Mike Allen
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