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Z Day, 1st July 1916 - The Attack of the VIII Corps at Beaumont Hamel and Serre

Z Day, 1st July 1916 - The Attack of the VIII Corps at Beaumont Hamel and Serre
Autor: Alan MacDonald
Data publikacji: 2014.03
ISBN: 9780955811920
Wydawca: Iona Books
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 798
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Opis produktu:

The first day of the Battle of the Somme, Saturday, 1st July, 1916, was the worst day in the history of the British Army. More than 57.000 soldiers were killed or wounded in just a few hours. Nowhere was the cost higher and the return less than on the front of the VIII Corps which attacked the small French villages of Beaumont Hamel and Serre. The ratio of British to German casualties was a staggering 11 to 1. 'The Attack of the VIII Corps' provides a detailed account of the planning of the attack, explaining why it was doomed to failure from the very start and who was responsible. Drawing on British and German sources, the desperate fighting is described from both sides of No Man's Land.

Over 260 photographs, maps and plans.


Alan MacDonald was born in 1951. He was educated first at a Primary School which shared a wall with Brixton Prison and later at a large Public School in South London. None of those formative educational years made a blind bit of difference to his chosen career and he spent a decade as a modestly successful rock and roll bass player. He then moved seamlessly into politics as any decent bass player should. After six years, during which time he reached the elevated heights of National Elections Co-ordinator for a major political party, he moved into market research, in spite of having no experience in the subject and a very poor maths O-level grade. It couldn't last and it didn't. 

Needing something to do he started to research the First World War. In 2006 his first book appeared 'Pro Patria Mori - the 56th (1st London) Division at Gommecourt, 1st July 1916'. Flushed with pride but very few sales, he moved on, in 2008, to write 'A Lack of Offensive Spirit? The 46th (North Midland) Division at Gommecourt, 1st July 1916'. So, no change in date for the subject matter and barely any change in geography. Less than a mile in fact. A revised and enlarged version of 'Pro Patria Mori' escaped in 2008. In 2014, his most recent book was published. The date will be familiar only the subject matter's location has changed. This time, a few miles south. 'Z Day, 1st July 1916, the attack of the VIII Corps at Beaumont Hamel and Serre' will be the first of a series of books which will complete his analysis of what was the worst and costliest day in the history of the British Army. The others will appear at random intervals over the next few years.

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