1st July 1916 saw a campaign that devastated the lives of thousands
of young men serving under the British Empire. It was a day chosen
to begin what had been called `The Big Push', a desperate attempt
to overwhelm the German Front Line and bring an end to a two year
long stalemate on the Western Front. The Battle of the Somme has
become tightly woven into the memory of the British nation and
stands as a testimony to the conflict which took so many lives.
This authoritative guide gives a factual account of the events
leading up to the Somme battle, the battle itself, the politics of
the day as well as the experiences of the young men who answered
the call to join Kitchener's Army. With dramatic photographs, maps
and diagrams this guide is an informative and sensitive account of
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