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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book, 3 April 2005
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E. A. Redfearn "eredfearn2" (Middlesbrough) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Redan Ridge: Battleground - WW1 (Battleground Europe) (Paperback)
Redan Ridge which lies between Serre and Beaumont Hamel has been largely neglected by historians. Now, this book does attempt to put this right. The area was fought over on 1st July 1916 by 4th Division resulting in heavy loss for no gains. Moreover, it was also the area where the final battles of the Somme took place during November 1916. All battalions who fought in the region are mentioned in the book, some suffered dreadful losses , notably the 1st Hampshires. Michael Renshaw is no academic, but does try to convey the actions in a simple way which is easy to understand and follow. There are some good maps, and some interesting photographs as well. However, there is a question mark about the quality of some of the photographs etc. Still, dont let that put you off though. There is more than enough information to keep any armchair military historian engrossed. A worthwhile addition to the Pen and Sword series on the Somme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem !, 24 Aug 2008
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I met Michael Renshaw by chance and he kindly gave me copies of his three books - not my kind of reading at all, but what a surprise !! His books are beautifully written and impartial. The subject is brilliantly studied and describes the awful tragedy of WWI on the Somme without being maudlin. He has inspired me to read more on the subject. Definitely recommended to even those who think this is not their kind of thing. Michael's three books are currently being passed around my work colleagues who are all of the same opinion.
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