We have taken the opportunity with our 2021 editions of the OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR – FRANCE AND BELGIUM series to redesign the covers and print on 140g silk paper. This official history was the grandest ever produced in Britain, and its purpose was to provide “within reasonable compass an authoritative account, suitable for general readers and for students at military schools”. Due to the number of full-colour maps bound in each volume, previous attempts to reprint this valuable reference either floundered, or were produced with the maps in monochrome. At last, the acclaimed work of the official cartographers who had 90,000 maps at their command can be examined as they intended – in full colour.
France and Belgium 1916. Vol II. 2nd July 1916 to the end of the Battles of the Somme. OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR.
This volume covers the whole Somme Offensive from the day after the opening attacks on 1st July to its conclusion in November 1916. Apart from detailed analysis of the battles- including the subsidiary but catastrophic attack at Fromelles- other subjects treated are the Chantilly Conference, operation elsewhere on the British front, transportation problems and tactics employed during the battles. A very comprehensive account of a grim 4 months .