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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars


VINE VOICEon 6 July 2003
The battle of Bazentin Ridge was important for a number of reasons. It was the first night attack allowing British troops to establish a foothold on the strategically important Bazentin Ridge. Second, it allowed the Australian allies to punch a way through the Pozieres Ridge a few miles on the left flank. However, the Somme battle stagnated from this point, and it was to be two months before the Allied line was able to advance further. Overall, this is an excellent book explaining the events which occurred along the Bazentin Ridge between the dates 14th and 20th July 1916. Contains some very good maps and illustrations. At the end of the book is a worthwhile tour guide for first time and regular visitors alike.
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on 27 August 2011
This is a very well researched book and one of the more comprehensive publications within the Battle Ground Europe series on the Somme. However, its very hard work to read. If you like to read events in a chronological order then this books will cause you pain. Inevitably battles, especially across a broad front, do not readily lend themselves to chronological reporting but this book bounces around more that a kangaroo - one of the very worst books that I have encountered in this regard. A very good book for researchers, a terrible book for more casual readers.
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on 15 January 2014
Bazentin was the part of the Somme campaign that everyone forgets - an entirely successful surprise attack at dawn after a brief hurricane bombardment. So successful that the British broke through but hadn't really planned what came next, thus squandering an opportunity to exploit their success.
This attack provided the blueprint for later successful attacks on the Western Front -for both sides.
A recommended read for anyone with an interest in the Western Front.
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on 6 July 2016
Great book - just what I needed to read about before my visit to the Somme and the area where my great grandfather was killed. Informative and some good photos and maps
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on 2 May 2015
Very informative book that will add greatly to my next visit to the Somme later in this year.
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on 15 May 2015
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