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Every aspect of the bloodiest battle ever fought by the British Army is examined in this searching book, which compiles information from a multitude of sources to portray each phase of the Somme offensive, from the disastrous opening day to the long, slow battle of attrition to wear the enemy down. A comprehensive effort by an experienced author. The aim is to provide a military history of the Somme campaign mostly free of the sentiment of endless first person and diary accounts of how traumatic it was as ,there are many such books available for that.

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