British Infantryman vs German Infantryman

Somme 1916

British Infantryman vs German Infantryman cover

British Infantryman vs German Infantryman

Somme 1916

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The mighty struggle for the Somme sector of the Western Front in the second half of 1916 has come to be remembered for the dreadful toll of casualties inflicted on Britain's 'New Armies' by the German defenders on the first day of the offensive, 1 July. The battle continued, however, throughout the autumn and only came to a close in the bitter cold of mid-November. The British plan relied on the power of artillery to suppress and destroy the German defences; the infantry were tasked with taking and holding the German trenches, but minimal resistance was anticipated. Both sides incurred major losses, however; German doctrine emphasised that the first line had to be held or retaken at all costs, a rigid defensive policy that led to very high casualties as the Germans threw survivors into ad hoc, piecemeal counterattacks all along the line. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and based on meticulous reassessment of the sources, this engaging study pits the volunteers of Kitchener's 'New Armies' against the German veterans who defended the Somme sector in the bloody battles of July–November 1916.

Product details

Published 20 Jan 2014
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781782009160
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 25 b/w; 37 col
Series Combat
Short code CBT 5
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Peter Dennis

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