A rare and vivid account of life on the battlefields of the great war the british army on the somme details the experiences of war journalist william beach thomas one of only five men chosen in 1915 to document the war from the western front thomas was. The battle of the somme french bataille de la somme german schlacht an der somme also known as the somme offensive was a battle of the first world war fought by the armies of the british empire and french third republic against the german empireit took place between 1 july and 18 november 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the river somme in france. Get this from a library with the british army on the somme memoirs from the trenches william beach thomas sir a rare and vivid account of life on the battlefields of the great war the british army on the somme details the experiences of war journalist william beach thomas one of only five men chosen in . William beach thomas was one of only five journalists authorised to file censored reports from the western front in the great war this book contains much original material kept out of his reporting for the daily mail by army censors it contains a harrowing and moving picture of the british army fighting the terrible battle of the somme. As late as 1914 the british army stood at about 250000 soldiers by the time the somme offensive kicked off the number of british troops in battle had swelled to over 15 million an interesting fact about the battle of the somme is that the british army consisted of a mix of trained soldiers combined with entirely volunteer units
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