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An exhaustive transcription of the War Diaries for all the front line units that the authors can identify as having gone over on the morning of 1 July 1916. The authors have drawn together, for the first time ever, all the War Diary entries for those battalions that went ‘over the top' on 1 July 1916. Written as the events of that terrible day unfolded, or immediately afterwards, the diary entries are the words of the survivors, painstakingly transcribed from the original hand-written documents. Together they form the most comprehensive and unique narrative of “The First Day Of The Somme” – a day which even now still touches so many families both in the United Kingdom and around the world.
At 07.30 hours on 1 July 1916, the devastating cacophony of the Allied artillery fell silent along the front on the Somme. The ear-splitting explosions were replaced by the shrill sound of hundreds of whistles being blown. At that moment, tens of thousands of British soldiers climbed out from the trenches on their part of the Western Front, and began to make their way steadily towards the German lines opposite. It was the first day of the Battle of the Somme. By the end of the day, a number of the battalions involved had met with some degree of success. Others had suffered heavy losses for no gain, whilst a few quite virtually ceased to exist. On what is generally accepted as the worst day in the British Army's history, there were more than 60,000 casualties – a third of them fatal.

Product Code: 22520
Author: John Grehan, Martin Mace
Format: SB 514 pp
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