The Somme 1916
- Foundation for victory by Gary Sheffield.
The battle of the Somme in 1916 was appalling, but lessons were learned.
- Churchill and the Battle of the Somme by Robin Prior.
He made some strong criticisms of the conduct of the battle, but was he right?
- Intelligence on the Somme by Jim Beach.
British intelligence systems played an influential role in the conduct of the fighting in 1916.
- The French at the Somme 1916 by Elizabeth Greenhalgh.
The achievements were remarkable, but managing the alliance was not a simple matter.
- The missing mortars of Bridoux by Aaron Pegram.
Their first engagement in France showed that the Australians had a lot to learn.
- “Relentless and incessant offensive” by Michael Molkentin.
Australian officers of the Royal Flying Corps supported the British offensive on the Somme.
- Breaking point at Pozieres by Meleah Hampton.
Even the most dedicated can crack under the strains created by combat and poor command.
- Empire of the Somme by Michael Molkentin.
Australians weren’t the only colonials fighting on the Western Front in 1916.
- “The biggest bastard of a job” by Bryce Abraham.
McCann and Blackburn at Pozieres Ridge: how valour is defined.
- Somme sort of life by Stephanie Boyle.
Mud and mortality on the Western Front.
- “His loss I do not realise” by Kate Morschel.
- Collection insights by Danielle Cassar
- Pozieres battlefield rifles by Shane Casey.
- The Last Post: Captain Ralph Ratnevelu Raymond Ekin-Smyth, 52 Battalion.
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