The Road to the Somme: Men of the Ulster Division Tell Their Story

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During the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the Ulster Division lost over two thousand men and their tragic story has since become iconic in Ulster Protestant tradition and mythology. This book covers the events that led up to the Somme, including the 1912 birth of the Ulster Volunteer Force, the Ulster Division's formation, training, and journey to France, the battle itself, and the aftermath. Based on Philip Orr's interviews with Somme veterans, this is the soldiers' story, told in their eloquent voices, exposing the reality of that bloody summer and its devastating and far-reaching impact on a close-knit community This updated second edition includes developments in Somme culture over the last twenty years, and over seventy-five new photographs. ""Great historical writing: detailed, authentic, lively, and filled with personal details from people who were there.""-Irish American News

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Writer and researcher Philip Orr lives in Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He taught English and Drama for many years at Friends School in Lisburn and is the author of many books, including Field of Bones: An Irish Division at Gallipoli (2006), Tom's Story - Sentry Hill and the Great War (2007), New Loyalties: Christian Faith and the Protestant Working Class and The Road to the Somme.

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Orr has used official records and published histories and memoirs of the Great War for his study. He has given his account an added richness by drawing on a wide range of personal testimony and memorabilia from the soldiers themselves ... This book is both a monument to the mythology of Ulster's role at the Somme and a corrective to that myth ... it throws valuable light on the Ulster Loyalist tradition. * Times Literary Supplement * brilliantly researched and magnificently illustrated analysis * Irish News * ... as Philip Orr shows us in his excellent book, history tends to be concerned with confusion far more than clarities, and the author is to be congratulated for recording with accuracy and sensitivity the confusion felt by the young men who went to fight in the Great War. An immensely important book. * Irish Press *

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