British Expeditionary Force - Somme Offensive


March 1918

By: Andrew Rawson
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Hardback
Pages: 243
ISBN: 9781526723321
Published: 7th March 2018
RRP / Print Price: £19.99

Current purchase price:
£19.99

British Expeditionary Force - Somme Offensive

This is an account of the British Expeditionary Force’s defensive battle on the Somme in March and April of 1918. It starts with the huge German offensive along a 60 mile front on 21 March. Third and Fifth Armies then had to make a series of fighting withdrawals in which some battalions had to fight their way out while others were overrun.

Over the days that followed, men were called upon to fight all day against overwhelming numbers and then march all night to escape. After three years in the trenches, men had to battle in the open without tanks and often without artillery support. As communications failed, battalion and company commanders found themselves having to command in what was essentially a desperate infantry struggle.

Each stage of the two week battle is given the same treatment, covering details about the most talked about side of the campaign, the British side. It explains how the British soldier time and again stood and fought. Over fifty new maps chart the day by day progress of each corps on each day.

Together the narrative and the maps explain the British Army’s experience during a fraught battle for survival. The men who made a difference are mentioned; those who led the advances, those who stopped the counter-attacks and those who were awarded the Victoria Cross. Discover the Somme 1918 campaign and learn how the British Army’s brave soldiers fought and died trying to stop the onslaught.

 




Some books that may interest you

The History Behind Game of Thrones
The History Behind Game of Thrones
By: David C Weinczok

On the Edge of Flight
On the Edge of Flight
By: Eric William Absolon

Confessions of a Special Agent
Confessions of a Special Agent
By: Ernest Dudley, Jack Evans

Operation Goodwood
Operation Goodwood
By: Ian Daglish

The Will To Resist
The Will To Resist
By: Dahr Jamail

The War at Sea in the Mediterranean 1940-1944
The War at Sea in the Mediterranean 1940-1944
By: John Grehan, Martin Mace

The Defeat of Rome
The Defeat of Rome
By: Gareth C Sampson

Early Ships and Seafaring: Water Transport Beyond Europe
Early Ships and Seafaring: Water Transport Beyond Europe
By: Sean McGrail

Kesselring: The Making of the Luftwaffe
Kesselring: The Making of the Luftwaffe
By: Kenneth Macksey



Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the book you are looking for.
Advanced Search

Information
Contact Us

Disclosure: Military History books are affiliates of the suppliers on this website and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.


123 Reg - Jargon-free products that make it easy for anyone to get their business online.