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Somme Audiobook

Somme: Into the Breach

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Publisher's Summary

No conflict better encapsulates all that went wrong on the Western Front than the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The tragic loss of life and stoic endurance by troops who walked towards their death is an iconic image which will be hard to ignore during the centennial year.

Despite this, this book shows the extent to which the Allied armies were in fact able repeatedly to break through the German front lines. The author has uncovered some remarkable stories, as yet unknown, of action and heroism in the face of battle. He weaves in these firsthand experiences, creating a remarkable portrait of life at the front.

©2016 Hugh Sebag-Montefiore (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd

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    Amazon Customer Knaresborough, United Kingdom 12/07/2016
    Amazon Customer Knaresborough, United Kingdom 12/07/2016 Member Since 2009

    Love crime books and history but not always together. But happy to expand my horizons.

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    "Excellent"

    Very well narrated.
    Excellent account of the campaign. Intelligent use of contemporary accounts.
    Does not shy away from the killing of those who surrendered.
    Primarily from the allied point of view.

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    Dougie1974 28/11/2016
    Dougie1974 28/11/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "lest we forget"

    whilst the details are horrendous and sometimes difficult to comprehend, it is a stark reminder of the sacrifice so many made.

    brilliantly done.

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    Samantha Pearce 18/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Read"

    Definitely well worth a read. Excellent coverage of the whole period of the battle. I am a New Zealander living in London & Gallopoli is the defining WW1 battle for our nation. Fascinating to read of ANZAC contribution here, not an area I know well. Sadly it appears our Australian cousins were better at protecting their countrymen from British Military Justice than we were.

    I don't think there is anyone from later generations will ever understand the sacrifice that was allowed to happen & the lack of Information received by those back home. The losses on the first day are of course the most obvious, but for what was achieved, all seem truly pointless.

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    Laura 25/08/2016
    Laura 25/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "A mixed bag."

    An in depth and humane portrayal of the Battle of the Somme with a top-rate narration; sadly lacking narrative cohesion or any real original insight into the significance of these events.

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    Rob 21/08/2016
    Rob 21/08/2016
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    "Maps Needed"

    Whilst good, this audiobook desperately needs accompanying maps that you'd get with the actual book.

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    David 01/08/2016
    David 01/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    Best book on the Somme since Martin Middlebrooke's superb account of the first day, brilliantly read and new must have in all formats

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    PhilipVince 01/08/2016
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    "Stunning."

    Although most people will know the basic story, the depth of research is truly amazing.

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    "Gained lots of information"

    Very detailed, very well narrated but also complex. It would have required an interactive map to be able to keep track of locations of the action. The small maps in the ebook helped but still not enough.

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