British Infantryman vs German Infantryman

Somme 1916

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British Infantryman vs German Infantryman

Somme 1916

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The mighty struggle for the Somme sector of the Western Front in the second half of 1916 has come to be remembered for the dreadful toll of casualties inflicted on Britain's 'New Armies' by the German defenders on the first day of the offensive, 1 July. The battle continued, however, throughout the autumn and only came to a close in the bitter cold of mid-November. The British plan relied on the power of artillery to suppress and destroy the German defences; the infantry were tasked with taking and holding the German trenches, but minimal resistance was anticipated. Both sides incurred major losses, however; German doctrine emphasised that the first line had to be held or retaken at all costs, a rigid defensive policy that led to very high casualties as the Germans threw survivors into ad hoc, piecemeal counterattacks all along the line. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and based on meticulous reassessment of the sources, this engaging study pits the volunteers of Kitchener's 'New Armies' against the German veterans who defended the Somme sector in the bloody battles of July–November 1916.

Table of Contents

Introduction /The opposing sides /Serre: 1 July 1916 /Guillemont: 30 July 1916 /Thiepval: 26-27 September 1916 /Analysis & conclusion /Unit organizations /Orders of battle /Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published 20 Jan 2014
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781782009146
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 25 b/w; 37 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Combat
Short code CBT 5
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Stephen Bull

Dr Stephen Bull worked for the National Army Museu…


Peter Dennis

Peter Dennis was inspired by contemporary magazine…


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