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Somme : The Epic Battle in the Soldiers' Own Words and Photographs (Hardcover) (Richard Van Emden)

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Soldiers in the British Army risked severe discipline for taking photographs on the battlefield. This illustrated book for researchers, history buffs, and students offers a detailed impression of the fight for the River Somme in WWI, which was one of the most brutal fronts of the war, through the lenses of ordinary British soldiers with their own contraband cameras. The sepia photos (170 total) are accompanied by excerpts from soldiers’ diaries, letters, and memoirs. The first-person recollections are separated by brief introductions and woven into an accessible chronological narrative. The book’s introduction contains historical background on the war, plus information on the men’s cameras and uses of the photos, which were often sold to journalists or sent to families of the dead and wounded. Through the photos and first-person accounts, the book chronicles events over a period of 20 months, from the year before the offensive began, through the four-month battle, and the four months after the battle. Author Richard van Emden has written 17 books on WWI history. Distributed by Casemate. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 355
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Military / World War I
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Richard Van Emden
Language: English
Street Date: May 24, 2016
TCIN: 51155306
UPC: 9781473855212
Item Number (DPCI): 248-16-4571
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