The Somme

A Visual History

Anthony Richards

The Somme

Anthony Richards

Distributed for Imperial War Museum

160 pages | 50 color plates, 170 halftones | 8 3/4 x 10 1/4
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781904897521 Published August 2016 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
The Battle of the Somme was an unexpected tragedy of World War I. Intended to achieve a decisive victory for the British and French Allies over the Germans and mark an end to the war, the Allies ultimately failed to achieve their objectives, and the war continued for another two years. Over a million soldiers from both sides became casualties in the long and bitter struggle on the Somme in 1916.
 
Published on the centennial of the battle, this fascinating volume tells the story of those fateful days between July 1 and November 18, 1916. A visual and accessible history, The Somme explores the minutiae of those days through the unique collections of Imperial War Museums. It includes stories of IWM’s film The Battle of the Somme, details of the infamous first day of the battle, and the war artists who recorded it for posterity. Using artifacts, medals, documents, interviews, film, art, and photographs, The Somme reconstructs not only the history of the famous battle, but also provides intimate insight into the experiences of those who were there.
 
Contents
Chapter 1 The Road to the Somme
Chapter 2 A Year of Change
In Focus Recruiting for the Somme: The Pals Battalions
Chapter 3 Battle Plans
Chapter 4 The First Day
In Focus The Film of the Battle
Chapter 5 Bazentin Ridge and the Battle for the Woods
In Focus British War Photography and the Somme
Chapter 6 Flers-Courcelette
Chapter 7 Thiepval and the Ancre
In Focus Art and the Somme
Chapter 8 The Legacy of the Somme
Review Quotes
The Sunday Times
"The Battle of the Somme is etched into our minds as the epitome of all that is ghastly and tragic about war. Mention it and a host of black and white images, like those on these pages, come to mind."
The Mail on Sunday
"Accessible for the lay reader....A visual history of the conflict, it uses the [Imperial War Museums] collection to present a panorama of official war photographs, propaganda posters, artworks, artifacts, letters, and firsthand experiences to give a compelling overview of the campaign. Our fascination with this conflict shows no waning."
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