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