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5.0 out of 5 stars A Detailed Accoiunt of the Battle, 3 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Gommecourt: Somme (Battleground Europe) (Paperback)
I have a particular interest in this battle, which was planned as a mainly diversionary attack on the Northern flank of the great attack which began the Battle of the Somme, because my Uncle Henry was serving in D Company of the 1/12 London Rifles - the Rangers - and took part . He was 19 years old , and his body was never found . This book gives a clear and full account of the attack , and of what little is known of the fate of The Rangers , few of whom survived to tell the tale .
I would also recommend "Pro Patria Mori" by Alan MacDonald, which is limited to the part played by 56th Division (of which The Rangers formed part) in very great detail so far as the background and preparation is concerned, it also much longer and more expensive than the book under review , and does not in fact give any more details of the actions and fate of The Rangers on that terrible morning .
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Initial post: 2 Nov 2013 23:07:02 GMT
Tim Corbett says:
Very intersting indeed. It would also interesting to see the other side of the British attack by the 46th North Midland Division, it is called, A Lack of Offensive Spirit.

They need to be understood as those Midlands Lads had not been served well by their superiors although their Commander Montague Stuart Wortley probably saved many of thier lives but paid a very heavy price but his reputation was destroyed.
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