- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Patrick Stephens Ltd; New edition edition (19 Jun. 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1852602503
- ISBN-13: 978-1852602505
- Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,810,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Hell They Called High Wood: Somme, 1916 Hardcover – 19 Jun 1989
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Terry Norman is an author and a historian. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is not to decry Norman Terry's efforts and he is to be applauded for having singlehandedly taken on the task of piecing together - and telling the story of - this series of epic engagements. As has also been mentioned, I can't help thinking that the book would benefit from a re-edit.
But what might first be seen as an advantage (the account is gripping and reads like a novel) is perhaps its downfall for any serious student of the events at High Wood in 1916. The story of High Wood is extraordinarily complex, yet in this work anecdotes and personal stories are intermingled to such a degree that one loses the thread and it becomes extremely difficult to cut through this complexity and determine who attacked and on which date. The author also interchangeably refers to Divisions, Corps and battalions, sometimes mentioning their commanders without referring to the units they commanded, and sometimes referring to units without mention of who commanded them. It is impossible to piece together which Divisions belonged to which Corps, Which Brigades to which Divisions, and which Battalions to which Brigades (in this respect, an appendix illustrating the order of battle and who commanded who would have been invaluable). The result is a narrative that becomes extremely difficult to piece together in chronological order; a bit of a muddle really!.
Buy it by all means, if you are a general reader wanting a gripping account of this tragic historic event. But if you are a serious student of the battle, be prepared to read and re-read it many times over if you wish to understand who the attackers and their commanders were, and on which dates the attacks were made.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book about a tragic episode in World War 1, for all concerned, whatever side they were onPublished 6 months ago by smudger
Excellent reading about the Battle. Excellent delivery speed. Thank youPublished 10 months ago by Plenderleith
Very helpful book - was able to pin down the battle where my uncle was killed in action.
Would recommend to anyone who is looking for more information about the death of... Read more
Brilliant account of one of the most stubborn and savage actions of the Somme campaign.Published 18 months ago by Stephen Webster
The book put me back in my Grandfathers footsteps, he fought and was wounded there on
15th July 1916.
This is the A-Z of High Wood. A complete history of the various attempts to take this small but strategic spot. Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2014 by twyfordwasp
Terry has written a cracking book about the capture of the infamous High Wood on the Somme. If you want to know what gritty determination and courage is, read this.Published on 8 Oct. 2014 by MR ANDREW WARREN