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The year 1916 will long be remembered as the beginning of modern mass-death warfare where tanks and other industrial products quickly overran traditional troop formations. A new analysis of the notorious Battle of the Somme, using archives from both sides not previously available, finds that although there was tragic loss of many lives, the battle may have hurt the Germans even more than the British, and it taught an inexperienced British Army the hard way how to fight a modern war.
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Dr Gary Sheffield is a senior lecturer at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Bracknell. He is author of several books on the First World War, and is known the world over as the expert on the Somme.Review:
'Sheffield does not flinch from the operation's failures, but also argues that it was a pivotal moment when the British army began to be tranformed from an amateur force to the professional unit that was to rule the world. Prefaced by Richard Holmes this is an engaging and readable study.' HAM & HIGH 14/02/03 'Don't be tempted to cry "not another book about the Somme" because this is a classy and clear analysis of the entire battle, complete with rare photographs. Strong on analysis and detail, it presents the case that the Somme was not an unmitigated catastrophe. One of the best.' * * * * * SCOTTISH LEGION NEWS, April/May 2003 'For the latest assessment on this iconic battle from a leading military historian, this book cannot be beaten.' David Seymour, MILITARY ILLUSTRATED, April 2003 THE SOMME has been reviewed in Soldier magazine (March 03). Gary Sheffield was interviewed on GMTV on Sunday 16th February and on BBC RADIO LINCOLNSHIRE.
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