The Somme

  • by Peter Hart
  • Narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith
  • 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On 1 July 1916, Douglas Haig's army launched the "Big Push" that was supposed finally to bring an end to the stalemate on the Western Front. What happened next was a human catastrophe: scrambling over the top into the face of the German machine guns and artillery fire, 19,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers were killed, the greatest loss in a single day ever sustained by the British Army. The battle did not stop there, however. It dragged on for another four months, leaving the battlefield strewn with the bodies of over a million men, and all for the sake of just a few miles of land.
The Somme has remained a byword for the futility of war ever since. In this major new history of the war, Peter Hart describes how the battle looked from the point of view of those who fought it. Using never-heard-before interviews taken from the Imperial War Museum oral archives this will be a unique audio full of passion, joy, and heart rending stories.


What the Critics Say

"[Hart] has produced a remarkably even-handed account....and the first-person accounts he has unearthed are rich in vivid images." (Sunday Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Brilliantly researched and well balanced account of this ghastly period of history. Well read and very easy to listen to.

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- Leo Richardson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-06-2006
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited