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Three armies on the Somme

William James Philpott

Three armies on the Somme

the first battle of the twentieth century

by William James Philpott

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Published by Alfred A. Knopf in New York .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Statementby William Philpott
Classifications
LC ClassificationsD545.S7 P495 2010
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24478394M
ISBN 109780307265852
LC Control Number2010004070
OCLC/WorldCa436030168

The third took place in March ; the fourth in August Russia exits the war, freeing up a million German troops. Because of the dense and rigid wave formations that were adopted, the losses were appallingly heavy. We remember the shedding of so much young blood and condemn the generals who sent their men to their deaths. The German military accordingly undertook significant defensive preparatory work on the British section of the Somme offensive. Are you subscribed?

Eventoday, the mention of this quiet river evokes deep atavistic sentiments: pride,anger, anguish, grief. Place an order and we will contact you with the expected arrival date. But the real strength of his book is in its determination to say the unsayable: that the Somme was indeed a victory and the sacrifice both necessary and unavoidable. He possesses a keen mind to dissect the reasons for fighting, he has the capacity to marshal his evidence and, being a specialist in French military history, he is able to present the action within the strategy of

The General, less popular when published and little read today, tells a very different tale—of a well-meaning English Army officer who embodies the obliviousness, complacency and arrogance that led to the carnage of the First World War. The scope of the Somme battles was enormous. The politicians in London, anxious about casualties, tighten the supply of cannon fodder. An exciting, indispensable work of military history that challenges our received ideas about the Battle of the Somme, and about the very nature of war. It has many virtues.


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Three armies on the Somme book

His reputation thus enhanced, he rides a rocket of promotion as one superior after another is sidelined. The mutually costly fighting at Delville Wood eventually secured the British right flank and marked the Western Front debut of the South African 1st Infantry Brigade incorporating a Southern Rhodesian contingentwhich held the wood from 15—20 July.

The whole mass, made up of closely packed waves of men, was to be launched together, without determining whether the bombardment had really paralyzed the resistance. That being said, opinion is also welcome -- just make sure you present it as such.

Eventoday, the mention of this quiet river evokes deep atavistic sentiments: pride,anger, anguish, grief. The Fourth Army took 57, casualties, of which 19, men were killed, the French Sixth Army had 1, casualties and the German 2nd Army had 10,—12, losses.

The battle changed the nature of the offensive on the Somme, as French divisions were diverted to Verdun, and the main effort by the French diminished to a supporting attack for the British. Communication trenches ran back to the reserve line, renamed the second line, which was as well-built and wired as the first line.

Here William Philpott argues that the battle ultimately gave the British and French forces on the Western Front the knowledge and experience to bring World War I to a victorious end.

Three Armies on the Somme: The First Battle of the Twentieth Century (Paperback)

In one respect, the Somme shed a significant light on the future, for on September 15,the first tanks appeared. The costly defence of Verdun forced the French army to commit divisions intended for the Somme offensive, eventually reducing the French contribution to 13 divisions in the Sixth Armyagainst 20 British divisions.

This number had been much increased by Prussian Gen. Then, ina new war looms. Survivors were rattled with shell-shock. The French, with slighter opposition and with far more heavy artillery—as well as aided by the fact that they were less expected—made a deeper advance.

Move over, Oprah; in my town at least, his disclosures set off a run on what copies could be found. The French, who had played an increasing part in the later stages, had raised their own war casualty bill byHe prods his patrons to undertake even more massive assaults.

He is a specialist in the operations on the Western Front and has published extensively on the subject. Infantrymen lined up opposite massed artillery and machine guns.

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Three armies on the Somme

With new books being published on the subject, the essential facts of the Battle of the Somme may become mythical. At the Somme, the allied armies acquired the necessary lessons of modern warfare, without which they could never have prevailed. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local.

When relieved the brigade had lost 2, men, similar to the casualties of many brigades on 1 July. Alas, his weakened divisions face a huge German buildup.

An exciting, indispensable work of military history, Three Armies on the Somme challenges our received ideas about the Battle of the Somme, and about the very nature of war.

The German defence south of the Albert—Bapaume road mostly collapsed and the French had "complete success" on both banks of the Somme, as did the British from the army boundary at Maricourt to the Albert—Bapaume road.

Simultaneous offensives on the Eastern Front by the Russian army, on the Italian Front by the Italian army, and on the Western Front by the Franco-British armies, were to be carried out to deny time for the Central Powers to move troops between fronts during lulls. The front trenches were on a forward slope, lined by white chalk from the subsoil and easily seen by ground observers.

Does General Kelly see some susceptibility in himself to the delusions that ensnare General Curzon?Although the Battle of the Somme usually signified the massive Entente offensive ofthe engagement of the three big armies—France, Germany and Britain—actually occurred several times over four years, from September to Augustand ensued largely as a battle of atlasbowling.com: William Philpott.

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For decades, the Battle of the Somme has exemplified the horrors and futility of trench warfare. Here William Philpott argues that the battle ultimately gave the British and French forces on the Western Front the knowledge and experience to bring World /5(13).

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For decades, the Battle of the Somme has exemplified the horrors and futility of trench warfare. Yet in Three Armies on the Somme, William Philpott makes a convincing argument that the battle ultimately gave the British and French forces on the Western Front the knowledge and experience to bring World War I to a victorious end.

It was the most brutal fight in a war that scarred generations.