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Excellent book on an area which deserves more attention,
This review is from: Fricourt and Mametz: Somme (Battleground Europe) (Paperback)
In my view the best of the Pen & Sword Somme guides (although I have to confess I have not read them all). This is a fascinating area which has not changed a great deal with some interesting literary associations. Several sites like the Devonshire Cemetery and the German Cemetery at Fricourt are well known but others such as the two beautiful Point 110 Cemeteries deserve a visit and Bois Francais with it's mine craters also deserve more attention.
The book is well up to the others with excellent photographs and maps although there are several trench map coordinates referred to which really require one of the facsimile copies which you can get from the Imperial War Museum. These are well worth buying in any case.
If visiting I would also recommend reading Robert Graves' Goodbye to all that before hand as it has some interesting passages set in the area.
One minor word of warning the walking tour maps don't include a scale and despite the suggestion that 3 hours at a leisurely pace was enough, I found one was about 8-9 miles which exhausted my spouse's rather limited enthusiasm for battlefields.