'Sheffield does not flinch from the operation's failures, but also argues that it was a pivotal moment when the British army began to be tranformed from an amateur force to the professional unit that was to rule the world. Prefaced by Richard Holmes this is an engaging and readable study.' HAM & HIGH 14/02/03 'Don't be tempted to cry "not another book about the Somme" because this is a classy and clear analysis of the entire battle, complete with rare photographs. Strong on analysis and detail, it presents the case that the Somme was not an unmitigated catastrophe. One of the best.' * * * * * SCOTTISH LEGION NEWS, April/May 2003 'For the latest assessment on this iconic battle from a leading military historian, this book cannot be beaten.' David Seymour, MILITARY ILLUSTRATED, April 2003 THE SOMME has been reviewed in Soldier magazine (March 03). Gary Sheffield was interviewed on GMTV on Sunday 16th February and on BBC RADIO LINCOLNSHIRE.
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A concise account of the most famous battle of the First World War, by a leading military academic and expert on the conflict.