Peter Bartonâ€™s landmark volume presents over 50 original panoramas of the battlegrounds of the Somme. They show what no other photographs can: the view from the trench parapet, and a great deal more.
This revised edition also includes stunning new details of the use and misuse of an extraordinary network of â€˜Russian Sapsâ€™ installed during the two months prior to battle. These tunnels beneath no manâ€™s land often brought the British â€“ unseen â€“ to within 10 metres of the German trenches, yet over-secrecy and poor communication led to most being left unexploited. In the sectors where they were employed, success was dramatic.
Plus a host of previously unpublished personal testimony, and a fresh look at several unseen and forgotten aspects of the battle such as the Royal Engineersâ€™ Push Pipes, Bored Mines and huge Livens Flame Projectors. Here is the Somme as you have never seen it before.