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Somme 1 July 1916 : Tragedy and Triumph

by Andrew Robertshaw

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Somme 1 July 1916 : Tragedy and Triumph

The Maginot Line, the massive series of fortifications built by France in the 1930s to defend its borders with Germany and Italy, is perhaps the most maligned collection of fortifications ever built. Despite being a technological marvel, and the most sophisticated and complex set of fortifications built up to that time, it failed to save France from crushing defeat in 1940. Yet there are those who argue that it accomplished exactly what it was designed to do. This book provides a concise and informative treatment of the Maginot Line, from North-East France to the Mediterranean. Packed with plans, contemporary and modern images, plus digital artwork, it presents a detailed visual exploration of this famous fortification system.

Contents
Introduction
Chronology
Historical background
The structure of the Maginot Line
The Maginot Line in peace
The Maginot Line at war
Aftermath
Bibliography and Further Reading

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The first day of the battle of the Somme has always been perceived as a day of tragedy for the British Army, with the slaughter of 60,000 men on the battlefield. What seemed to be poor planning on the part of the British command meant that soldiers were sent into no man's land to face the horrors of uncut barbed wire and waves of German machine gun fire. However, there were triumphs amongst the tragedy. This book discusses the successes and failures of the British and the German forces along the frontline. It also offers a detailed account of the battle itself, following the actions of individual units throughout the day. Contents Introduction Chronology Background to the Campaign Opposing Plans Opposing Commanders Opposing Forces The Campaign Aftermath The Battlefield Today Bibliography Index