The Somme: The Untold Story in Never Before Seen Panorama Hardcover – 24 Feb 2011
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A unique and powerful book.
-- Publishing News
Previously unseen panoramas...unpublished personal testimony and
stunning mapping throughout...a vision of the Somme not seen before. -- Military Illustrated --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Unique panoramas reveal new truths about the Battle of the Somme.See all Product Description
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I managed to visit the area during the spring of 1984 and was impressed by what I saw. Indeed the panoramic photos in this book, on pages 138-138, of Mash Valley brought back quite a few memories. And one of the great things about this marvellous book, are the numerous panoramic photgraphs of "Then and Now" showing the reader of what the area was once like, a devastated landscape of horrific images, smashed villages, dead bodies etc, and what the landscape looks like today.
Peter Barton tells the story of a great battle fought during the summer and autumn of 1916, a battle which did not end the war then, but it may have contributed to the eventual defeat of the German Army in 1918 because of the terrible casualties all armies sustained during that conflict within a "War To End All Wars". Supplemented by numerous descriptions left behind by many of the survivors who tell their story of their experiences, and their struggle to survive amidst the horrors of the trenches. It is their fitting tribute to the memory of the many comrades and fellow soldiers who were lost.
There are many good photographs included in this volume, many of whom I have not seen before and I have no doubt that these photos will also leave an impression on many readers. A case in point is the panoramic image of the devastated Guillemont battlefield (pages 208-209) showing the awful landscape as it was, and the now peaceful scene dominated by Guillemont Road Cemetery as it looks today.
Although the material on the Somme is vast, I should recommend this book as THE Buy of the Year.
A gripping read, sometimes quite upsetting but still find it hard to put it down/stop reading- thoroughly recommend this to anyone with even the slightest interest in WW1. Top notch.
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Excellent value and just what I wanted to research the Battle of the SommePublished 4 months ago by Mr. Peter J. Dawson
Fantastic book. Excellent quality, great photographs. Highly recommendedPublished 19 months ago by mutton noir
A Bible for Somme scholars which along with the 'Middlebrook' publication leaves nothing out.
The man is a master at detail.
As with all books in this series, an excellent informative book with panoramic photographs. Superb quality and worth every penny, though it might be considered expensive it is... Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2014 by charles broadbridge
This particular copy of the book was printed faulty,From pages 283 to 308 inclusive
the text was printed in Dutch. Read more
Excellent book, up to now you could only imagine what it may have been like, the personal accounts and back round are brilliant. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2014 by glorious dorious
probably one of the best and informative books of the somme, pictures now and then were quite extrodinary,a must readPublished on 12 Aug. 2013 by John Ruddick