Spirits of the Somme
July 1st 1916 was the worst day in British military history. Nearly 60,000 casualties were suffered, more than 20,000 of these were dead, as the "Big Push" was attempted across the farmlands of the Somme. This book takes eyewitness accounts and details the horror of that day. Sir Philip Gibbs, one of five official war reporters assigned to the front, describes the build up, the bombardment and the aftermath of the offensive. Severely censored during the war he published many items in the 1920s once free of these shackles. The best part of the book for me was the memories of Geoffrey Malins, war cameraman famous for some of the most iconic images to come out of the Somme. A must read for any WW1 enthusiast, especially for those with an interest in this battle.
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