Somme 1916


One of the bloodiest battles fought in military history — this Battle Story will make you understand what happened and why.

The Battle of the Somme raged from July 1 to November 18, 1916, and was one of the bloodiest fought in military history. It has come to signify for many the waste and bloodshed of the First World War, as hundreds of thousands of men on all sides lost their lives fighting over small gains in land. Yet this battle was also to mark a turning point in the war and to witness new methods of warfare, such as all-arms integrated attacks, with infantry units and the new Tank Corps fighting alongside each other.

In this Battle Story, Andrew Robertshaw seeks to lift the battle out of its controversy and explain what really happened and why. Complete with detailed maps and photographs, as well as fascinating facts and profiles of the leaders, this is the best introduction to this legendary battle.

About the Author

Andrew Robertshaw

Posted by Dundurn Guest on June 30, 2015

Andrew Robertshaw

Andrew Robertshaw is an acclaimed First World War historian and was the lead historical consultant for Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse. In 2012 he constructed a full-scale trench replica in Surrey which is now a BBC filming location and educational facility for school groups and specialists to learn more about trench life in the First World War. Amongst his many works he has written 24hr Trench and Feeding Tommy for The History Press.