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The Road to the Somme: Men of the Ulster Division Tell Their Story Paperback – 1 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856408247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856408243
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Orr has used official records and published histories and memoirs of the Great War for his study. He has given his account an added richness by drawing on a wide range of personal testimony and memorabilia from the soldiers themselves ... This book is both a monument to the mythology of Ulster's role at the Somme and a corrective to that myth ... it throws valuable light on the Ulster Loyalist tradition. Times Literary Supplement brilliantly researched and magnificently illustrated analysis Irish News ... as Philip Orr shows us in his excellent book, history tends to be concerned with confusion far more than clarities, and the author is to be congratulated for recording with accuracy and sensitivity the confusion felt by the young men who went to fight in the Great War. An immensely important book. Irish Press

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Philip Orr is the author of a number of successful books, including Field of Bones: An Irish Division at Gallipoli and Tom's Story: Sentry Hill and the Great War. He is currently working on a study of the relationship between the Loyalist working class and the church, New Loyalties, which will be published in 2008 by the Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland.


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A fascinating insight into the formation of the Ulster Division, what the men went through in the run up to war and what life was really like in the trenches. It is brilliantly written, I could hardly put the book down as soon as I started reading it. This really is a must read for every Ulsterman/woman, which covers one of the most extraordinary chapters of our history and not only puts events into context but gives you a deep insight into the personal stories of the people who went through it.
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Very informative book. Intensively researched, well written and easy to read. Naturally, due to the subject material, it can be very distressing to read about, and think about, the needless slaughter of Ulster`s finest. A loss from which we have never, and will never, recover. A blood sacrifice never forgotten.FGAU.
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Got this as visiting the Somme in July 2014 so wanted to read some personal memories.
Fantastic details in the book, background to the history and formation of the UVF is very concise and how this developed into the 36th Division shows the natural progression of the men's desire to not only defend their culture but also many had no other jobs to do, so the army seemed the natural option.
Builds very slowly, the training goes from boy scout amateurish to the first mobile army with semi special companies, and the hour by hour build up to 1st July was compelling.
The battle writing is deliberately fast and chaotic to give a sense of the chaos on the day.
Most interesting fact was that more Nationalists (Catholics) served in British WW1 regiments than Unionists (Protestants), a fact largely overlooked for modern day political purposes.
Excellent and very readable book on the 36th
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