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The Somme 1916: And Other Experiences of the Salford Pals (Pen & Sword Military) [Hardcover]

Michael Stedman
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20 July 2006 Pen & Sword Military
Salford was late in recruiting for its Pals battalions, with many of its men already joining Territorial units and a new Pals battalion in Manchester. Yet within a year it had raised four Pals battalions and a reserve battalion. Raised mainly from Lancashire's most notorious slums, the men trained together in Wales, North East England and on Salisbury Plain, they had great expectations of success. On the 1st of July 1916 the Somme offensive was launched and in the very epicentre of that cauldron the first three of Salford's battalions were thrown at the massive defences of Thiepval - the men were decimated, Salford was shattered. Michael Stedman records the impact of the war from the start on Salford and follows the difficulties and triumphs. Whether the actions small or great the author writes graphically about them all. Unusual photographs and a variety of sources make this both a readable and a scholarly account.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (20 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844153940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844153947
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT LOCAL HISTORY 1 Jan 2007
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A MUST FOR ANYONE INTRESTED IN THE PAL UNITS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR. ALTHOUGH MY GREAT GRAND FATHER IS ONE OF THE SALFORD PALS KILLED ON THE SOMME, THIS BOOK GIVES AN EXCELLENT INSIGHT INTO WHAT THE LIVING CONDITIONS AND THE SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF THE TIMES WERE LIKE. THE MEN WERE HARD MEN DUE TO THE HARD TIMES THEY LIVED IN, THEY WERE ALSO LOYAL TO THERE MATES. THIS BOOK COULD BE ABOUT ANY INDUSTRIAL AREA OF THE TIME, AND AS SUCH IS AN IMPORTANT REFERENCE FOR ANYONE INTRESED IN SOCIAL HISTORY. A BRILLIANT BOOK WELL WORTH BUYING
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book spoilt 20 Sep 2013
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Some really interesting detail and personal accounts. Unfortunately the conversion into electronic format is not very good. Pictures are misaligned and often separated from their captions. Text either side of pictures does not always flow and appears out of order. All in all it makes reading this book a bit of a chore.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Factual Read 25 Oct 2013
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If you were brought up in the Salford area you may find this book more enlightening. On the whole a good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really brought home the horror 13 Dec 2013
By Chris L
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Really enjoyed this book, the statistics of the losses were so sad.
Was a book that had to be put down from time to time to contemplate the losses.
Enjoyed it as I know so many of the areas the soldiers came from. Will be reading about the Manchester pals next.
The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that I would have liked one or two more in depth personal profiles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read 17 Oct 2013
By kevin
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Fantastic insight into the Salford pals . The highs and the very lows. Brave as hell knowing they were walking into a storm of death
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4.0 out of 5 stars The brutallity endured by friends 21 Sep 2013
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Local history. gives a graphic account of conditions in the first world war and explains why so many men from one local area lost their lives. Friends regiments were not the best idea but then neither is war particularly when it is brutal as world war one. Fascinating to read and a lesson to ll of us.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some First world war history 29 Aug 2013
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Some interesting accounts of action on the Somme but for me the book was too much about Salford and not enough about the war.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating detail 29 Mar 2014
By Flyboy
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For anyone interested in WWI and in particular the PALS battalions this is a very good book. It sets the scene of Slaford in the early years of the last century highlighting the social and economic conditions which were an important part of the rise of the Pals. The book draws on personal and War diarys to bring real detail to the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well balanced account of the courage of the men of Salford and those...
One of the most readable and well written unit histories I've seen. The Salford Pals experiences from inception to Wars end is fascinating and very revealing of the feelings and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Michael Whitworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good factual book
Enjoyed reading about true life experiences of the Salford Pals from all perspectives. The stories from the various soldiers kept the book interesting
Published 1 month ago by Mrs M Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read
I found this book a very good read, although the events described were, of course, tragic. I did find that the detail of the Pals' recruitment and the happenings prior to moving to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MARGARET BROWN
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very detailed account of the Salfford Pals involvement inthe...
This book should be read by anyone studying WW1 in 2014.It shows how communities were completely changed by the loss of so many young men.
Published 3 months ago by Bill
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much information
This book may well be filled with facts, but so many of them seem unnecessary and make the reading of them uninteresting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairly well telling of what happened particularly in 1914
Not quite so good for later times up to July 1916. Good of the actual Somme battle and the views of the soldiers
Published 3 months ago by Bob Manning
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Much material of this nature has been published and this is one of the higher quality efforts. Well written and informative, a sad story made even more so by virtue of the fact... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Citadel
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving and personal account of the Salford lads experiences in...
Although I have no personal link to the main characters in this history, I imagine the vast majority of Britons and commonwealth people have forebears who were involved in this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ian Nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars incredible detail
a very factual account of the Salford battalions efforts in the great war,I would liked to have read more life experiences of the men and the relationship with their friends and/or... Read more
Published 5 months ago by dave radford
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