A rare and vivid account of life on the Battlefields of the Great War, The British Army on the Somme details the experiences of war journalist William Beach Thomas. One of only five men chosen in 1915 to document the war on the Western Front, Thomas was in the terrifying and unique position of supplying the people of Britain with a glimpse of the Somme.
Thomas’ reporting featured in the popular Daily Mail in 1916. However, those excerpts appearing here have for the most part been rewritten to fill in the gaps left by the war censors during the war. First published in 1917 by Methuen & Co., under the title With the British on the Somme, Thomas’ reports provide a stark and unwavering account of one of history’s bloodiest battles.
WITH THE BRITISH ARMY ON THE SOMME Memoirs from the Trenches
William Beach Thomas was one of only five journalists authorised to file censored reports from the western front in the Great War. This book contains much original material kept out of his reporting for the Daily Mail by army censors. It contains a harrowing and moving picture of the British army fighting the terrible Battle of the Somme.