The Great War: July 1, 1916 The first day of the Battle of the Somme

Joe Sacco

An illustrated panorama, with an essay by Adam Hochschild.

Launched on July 1, 1916, the Battle of the Somme epitomizes the madness of the First World War. Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another 40,000 were wounded that first day, and there were more than one million casualties by the time the offensive was over. In The Great War, acclaimed cartoonist Joe Sacco has drawn the events of that day in an extraordinary, 24 foot long wordless panorama. From the riding exercises of General Douglas Haig to the massive artillery positions and marshalling areas behind the trench lines, to the legions of British soldiers going ‘over the top' and being cut down in No-Man's-Land, to the tens of thousands of wounded soldiers retreating and the dead being buried en masse.

Printed on fine accordion fold paper, packaged in a deluxe hardcover slipcase and accompanied by a 16 page booklet, The Great War is a landmark work in Sacco's illustrious career.

Hard cover, 56 pages.

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The Great War: July 1, 1916 The first day of the Battle of the Somme
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