The Battle of the Somme: The First and Second Phase

Author(s): John Buchan

Overseas Military

Published as a short work just a year after the battle, John Buchan's account of the first two phases of the Battle of the Somme, one of bloodiest battles of the Great War, leap off the page a century on. Buchan goes beyond the first day of the Somme to provide a valuable account of the extended battle and the strategy used.


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John Buchan is best known for his thriller The Thirty-Nine Steps (Hitchcock directed the 1935 film adaption) which was published in 1915. A year later he published The Battle of the Somme: The First Phase with The Second Phase following a year later in 1917. The two volumes are presented together in this edition. As a contemporary account of the battle this book is unequalled. With the outbreak of WW1 Buchan became a war correspondent in France. In 1916 he was sent to the Western Front, attached to the Britsh Army's General Headquarters Intelligence Section. Buchan, from this vantage point, details the strategies behind the battle, the generals making the decisions and the mindset of the men doing the actual fighting. A hundred years after it was written The Battle of the Somme still has a profound effect on the reader.


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General Fields

  • : 9781911445333
  • : Endeavour Press
  • : Endeavour Ink
  • : February 2017
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Buchan
  • : 192
  • : 940.427
  • : Paperback