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Martin Mace and John Grehan have made great efforts to collate this extensive collection of war diaries into one volume. It is an enormous task that they have undertaken. I can empathise with their efforts because I have spent a lot of time researching through the same war diaries at the National Archives for own forthcoming book on the first day of the Somme campaign. To any student of this absorbing subject to have all the battalion war diaries in one volume is fantastic and will save future researchers and authors a lot of time venturing to the National Archives at Kew or downloading from their website and isolating the sections relating to this topic. Purchasing a copy of this book is money well spent.
The book will be of particular interest to anyone who has an ancestor who took part in that significant day in British history, to persons embarking on their own pilgrimage to the Somme to walk in their footsteps for it provides accounts of the action along the entire front attacked from Gommecourt in the north to Montauban in the south.
What I like about the book is that everything in the battalion war diary relating to the first day of the Somme campaign is included.Read more ›
By the day's end, almost 60,000 had become casualties which included 19,000 killed; it was, and still remains, the British Army's bloodiest day.
In Slaughter on the Somme, historians Martin Mace and John Grehan have, for the first time, presented the war diaries of those battalions which went over the top on July 1, 1916, to form the most comprehensive and unique narrative of that fateful day.
The diaries are presented on a corps by corps basis, and start from the northern end of the battlefield.
It is here that men of the 1/6 North Staffords and 1/5 Sherwood Foresters, part of the 46th North Midland Division launched their disastrous attack at Gommecourt.
Many families in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire would have had relatives who fought here, and for those who want to find out about what their ancestors went through this book would be an ideal place to start.
While each battalion would have kept a war diary, the level of written detail does vary considerably between each unit. For example, the entry from the 1/5 Sherwood Foresters includes a detailed account from T.F.C Downman, who led a platoon during the attack. However, the entry for the 1/6 North Staffords is less detailed.
But that does not detract from the book, which is essentially primary source material in its purist form.
The book has been formulated from transcribing literally scores of handwritten diaries, which given their age and the conditions in which they were written is no mean feat.
The comprehensive scope of the book also means this will surely become a standard reference text for anyone from the amateur family historian to the academic scholar and will stand alongside other great works on the battle.
So why 3 stars? Well, I found it a bit of an irritating task navigating & orientating myself. A really good book with this kind of small-unit action is made or broken on the maps within the text. It NEEDS an overview map the entire day for a start, with all the Corps sectors, major towns etc at the very front of the book.
It does contain the official history maps of each Corps sector and a list of these in the front. But NO page numbers, rendering that page singularly useless. Finding a specific map becomes a page flick-fest.
The book is divided into sections based on the Corps and roughly N to S. Fair enough. Then it is straight into the battalion's after a brief overview. The budding researcher might ask himself "Remind me which division did this battalion belong?", or "What divisions were in which Corps?" to which the answer would be, for both questions "Look in another book".
Finding specific battalions is easy enough - they are indexed. However when trying to consider an 'overview' and what was happening on the flanks, I found I had to keep diving in other books to find divisional orders of battle then diving back into this book to find said battalion. It got annoying.
So yeah, to conclude: Great little history archive, but needs (1) an large map of the entire first area; (2) an order of battle as an appendix - corps, divisions, brigades, battalions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent resource for anyone interested in the first day of the Battle of the Somme written in the language of the timePublished 5 months ago by MR ANTHONY J LAKING
This is a book for Somme specialists rather than the general reader. It needs a map close at hand to follow the fighting. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Written about one of the saddest parts of World War 1; title says it all.Published 23 months ago by B. Cassells
Very detailed account of the Somme using factual information from War records, diaries etc. The maps could be clearer otherwise recommended.Published on 12 Aug. 2014 by A. Molloy
In just two years time it will be the centenary of this slaughter, (1st July 1916) . brave men going out to meet their death or injuries believing the lies told by their generals. Read morePublished on 16 April 2014 by don hawkwind
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