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Great walking guide!!,
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This review is from: Walking the Somme : A Walker's Guide to the 1916 Somme Battlefields (Battleground Europe series) (Paperback)
I first purchased this book before visiting the Somme battlefields and found the content a bit dry and also expected more of a background to the battles. If you are looking for detailed information about the battle of the Somme there are numerous books out there that cover the subject in great detail. I highly recommend reading one before visiting the area, particularly Martin Middlebrook’s “The first day on the Somme”, which is excellent.
However, it is not the intention of this book to be a detailed history of the battle of the Somme. Instead it is a well structured walking guide that provides information to the reader regarding particular areas that are of historic importance and gives some first hand accounts from the people who were there. The book contains accurate maps drawn by the author and also gives approximate times as to how long each walk takes which is extremely useful. There are also some excellent photographs of the places and individuals that are described in the text which, when standing on the actual ground, lends a whole new sense of reality to the events that took place there.
When I read this book now it transports me back to the places that I have visited and it will certainly accompany me when I visit this area again.