Fighting the Somme: German Challenges, Dilemmas and Solutions

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This book will provide an entirely fresh way of looking at the Battle of the Somme 1916. It will not be a rehashed narrative history of the battle. Instead, drawing heavily on examples that can be illustrated through exploitation of the primary sources still available in abundance in the archives at Stuttgart and Munich and anecdotal accounts, it will explain how and why the German defense was designed and conducted as it was. There will be descriptions of the reasons for the dominance of the Great General Staff, the tensions between commanders and staff, the disagreements between the commanders of First and Second Army and the replacement of General von Falkenhayn with the duumvirate of Hindenburg and Ludendorff. Specific case studies will include the loss and recapture of Schwaben Redoubt on 1 July, the British assault on the Second Position of 14 July, the tank attack at Flers 15 September and the autumn battles for Sailly Saissisel and St Pierre Vaast Wood. This will ensure that there is plenty to interest the general reader as well as showing how the various levels of command from regiment to army group operated and responded to emergencies and crises. Space will be devoted to changes in command philosophy, the introduction of new weapons and equipment and the evolution of tactics to counter the massive Allied superiority in manpower and materiel.

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Jack Sheldon is amongst the most prolific writers on the German army in the Great War, with seven titles in his series on the German army at various phases in the fighting on the Western Front, his first being the widely acclaimed The German Army on the Somme 1914 1916. With his service as a regular British army officer, frequently working with the German army, he brings experience as a professional soldier and a skilled communicator in examining how the German army, largely very successfully, fought the Battle of the Somme.

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"There is much to interest the general reader as well as providing a more detailed analysis of how the various command level operated." (Amourer Incorporating Classic Arms and Militaria)

“Well gang, I am here to report that Jack Sheldon has done it once more. His numerous books on the German army in World War I have almost become the stuff of legends. They are not only jam packed with history, but also have tons of first hand accounts. 'Fighting on The Somme' is no different... Mr. Sheldon has, as usual, done a superb job in showing us the thoughts, actions, and reasoning behind the German defense.” (A Wargamer's Needful Things)

"Jack Sheldon’s latest study of the German Army on the Western Front is, I believe, by far his best offering to date. His detailed research and background knowledge has produced a book that will surely stand as the definitive work for the German experience of the Somme battle." (9781473881990)

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