Skip to content

The Somme

By Robin Prior

In the long history of the British Army, the Battle of the Somme was its bloodiest encounter. Between July 1 and mid-November 1916, 432,000 of its soldiers became casualties--about 3,600 for every day of battle. German casualties were far fewer despite British superiority in the air and in lethal artillery.

What went wrong for the British, and who was responsible? Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson have examined the entire public archive on the Battle of the Somme to reconstruct the day-by-day course of the war. The result is the most precise and authentic account of the campaign on record and a book that challenges almost every received view of the battle. The colossal rate of infantry casualties in fact resulted from inadequate fire support; responsibility for tactical mistakes actually belonged to the High Command and the civilian War Committee. Field-Marshall Haig, the records show, was repeatedly deficient in strategy, tactics, command, and organization. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers died for a cause that lacked both a coherent military plan and responsible political leadership. Prior and Wilson decisively change our understanding of the history of the Western Front.

Format

Book

Availability

1 available at Main (Downtown)
  • 940.4272 Pri, Nonfiction

ISBN

0300106947


Format: Book
Author: Prior, Robin
Title: The Somme / Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson.
Publisher Date: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2005.
Subject: Somme, 1st Battle of the, France, 1916
Isbn: 0300106947 (cl. : alk. paper)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 940.4272 Pri
Oclc: 57193267
Upc:
Bib Id: 230866

Format: Book
Author: Prior, Robin
Title: The Somme / Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson.
Publisher, Date: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2005.
Description: vi, 358 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Somme, 1st Battle of the, France, 1916
Other Author: Wilson, Trevor, 1928-
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [343]-351) and index.
LCCN: 2004028497
ISBN: 0300106947 (cl. : alk. paper)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 940.4272 Pri