The Battle of the Somme is the most famous battle of World War I in the English-speaking world.

Published to coincide with the centenary commemoration of the battle of the Somme, this study comprises 12 separate articles written by some of the foremost military historians, each of whom looks at a specific aspect of the battle.

The terrors of the Somme have largely come to embody trench warfare on the Western Front in the modern imagination, but this book looks beyond the horrendous conditions and staggering casualty rates to provide new, insightful research on one of the most pivotal battles of the war.

Focusing on key aspects of the British, French and German forces, overall strategic and tactical impacts of the battle and with an introduction by renowned World War I scholar Professor Sir Hew Strachan, The Battle of the Somme is a timely collection of the latest research and analysis of the battle.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor Sir Hew Strachan

The Context of the Somme
Attrition or Annihilation?
French Strategy in 1916 and the Battle of the Somme
Air War over the Somme
The British Army's Operations on the Somme
Trial and Error: the Dominion forces
French Generalship on the Somme
The Road to Modern Combined Arms Warfare
British Tactical Practice During the Somme Campaign
The German Army at War
The Evolution of French Tactics 1914–16
The Long Shadows of the Somme


Product details

Published Apr 21 2016
Format Ebook (Epub)
Edition 1st
Extent 288
ISBN 9781472815583
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 42 b/w
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Anthology Editor

Matthias Strohn

Dr Matthias Strohn FRHistS was educated at the uni…


Jonathan Krause

Jonathan Krause is a Research Fellow at the Univer…


Hew Strachan

Hew Strachan is Chichele Professor of the History…


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