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Boom Ravine: Somme (Battleground Europe) Paperback – 12 Jan 1998

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; UNKNOWN edition (12 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850526124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850526127
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 0.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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It was on November 18th 1916 when the British High Command finally closed down the battles of the Somme which had been raging for almost five months costing the lives of thousands, British, French and German. The winter of 1916-1917 was one of the bitterest in living memory; yet the high command continued to maintain an offensive in the Ancre region during the month of February when snow still lay on the ground, in an effort to breach the enemy lines north east of Thiepval, and due east of Beaumont-Hamel.

This book by Trevor Pidgeon (The Tanks at Flers) explores these actions which cost many lives and failed to achieve practically nothing. It has been said that in the Official British History of the Great War, these actions are not mentioned. Yet, they happened. Fought on a narrow front, to a depth of approximately one mile, these brave men fought in appalling conditions to reach the German lines, only to suffer dreadful losses. Many of these men are buried in two of the nearby cemetaries, Regina Trench Cemetary and Adanac Cemetary. The book also raises questions about whether these actions may have contributed to the eventual German withdrawal from the Somme area to the Hindenberg Line during March 1917. The answers are available in this book.

Well thought out, the various chapters detail all the actions which took place between February 7th, 13th and the 17th. There is also a Field Guide at the end of each chapter detailing the actions describing the area as it is today; a guide for the visitor who may wish to explore the area. It must be said though that this particular area south of Miraumont is rarely visited these days, most visitors tending to visit the Beaumont-Hamel, Serre areas as well as Thiepval to the south.

The book is also well detailed with maps and illustrations which are useful. A worthy contribution to the Battleground Europe series.
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Detailed description of a little known (because strategically pointless) but bloody engagement after the battle of the Somme. Excellent maps and research.
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very helpful for research
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Excellant
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HASH(0x99eac42c) out of 5 stars Who knew, a great find for me 7 Mar. 2015
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I was so pleased to find this book, very specific details of a particular area of the Somme, my great grandfather was shot and mortally wounded in Boom Ravine. This was a real find for me as I have attempted to piece the events and timelines of the war and his battalions movements through that period, I was amazed that such a book existed, very grateful to Gary Dace in the UK for the information that lead me to this book.
My research continues and I learn more each time, a truly unique war that still leaves many with mixed feelings of the waste, bravery, and toughness of all involved on all sides. The more you read and learn of the Great War it seems harder to fathom how these troops kept performing, very often I gain more respect for some and disgust for others, there were some appalling errors in judgement and decision making that just tear at your emotions as you see the consequences of these actions unfold across the pages of the many excellent books on the subject.
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