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By drawing on a very large number of German sources, many of them previously unpublished, Jack Sheldon throws new light on a familiar story. In an account filled with graphic descriptions of life and death in the trenches, the author demonstrates that the dreadful losses of 1st July were a direct consequence of meticulous German planning and preparation. Although the Battl By drawing on a very large number of German sources, many of them previously unpublished, Jack Sheldon throws new light on a familiar story. In an account filled with graphic descriptions of life and death in the trenches, the author demonstrates that the dreadful losses of 1st July were a direct consequence of meticulous German planning and preparation. Although the Battle of the Somme was frequently a close-run affair, poor Allied co-ordination and persistence in attacking weakly on narrow fronts played into the hands of the German commanders, who were able to rush forward reserves, maintain the overall integrity of their defenses and so continue a successful delaying battle until the onset of winter ultimately neutralized the considerable Allied superiority in men and material.


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By drawing on a very large number of German sources, many of them previously unpublished, Jack Sheldon throws new light on a familiar story. In an account filled with graphic descriptions of life and death in the trenches, the author demonstrates that the dreadful losses of 1st July were a direct consequence of meticulous German planning and preparation. Although the Battl By drawing on a very large number of German sources, many of them previously unpublished, Jack Sheldon throws new light on a familiar story. In an account filled with graphic descriptions of life and death in the trenches, the author demonstrates that the dreadful losses of 1st July were a direct consequence of meticulous German planning and preparation. Although the Battle of the Somme was frequently a close-run affair, poor Allied co-ordination and persistence in attacking weakly on narrow fronts played into the hands of the German commanders, who were able to rush forward reserves, maintain the overall integrity of their defenses and so continue a successful delaying battle until the onset of winter ultimately neutralized the considerable Allied superiority in men and material.

30 review for German Army on the Somme 1914-1916

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Cole

    Excellent account of the German experience of The Somme Campaign, providing not only the immediacy of the fighting through first-hand accounts of the soldiers involved, but also lucid summaries of the progress of the battles for particular strongpoints. Sheldon also produces a telling and honest conclusion, which indicts the sophistry of the current ‘orthodoxy’ of certain historians that the Campaign was ultimately the source of the Allied victory in the Great War: ‘...the Allies set out to brea Excellent account of the German experience of The Somme Campaign, providing not only the immediacy of the fighting through first-hand accounts of the soldiers involved, but also lucid summaries of the progress of the battles for particular strongpoints. Sheldon also produces a telling and honest conclusion, which indicts the sophistry of the current ‘orthodoxy’ of certain historians that the Campaign was ultimately the source of the Allied victory in the Great War: ‘...the Allies set out to break through on the Somme and never succeeded. They attempted to smash the German army and destroy its morale. They failed completely in the first objective and it was the French, not the German, army that mutinied the following year.’

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hausladen

    A different view of the battle of the Somme. Primarily composed of the accounts of German soldiers from their own experiences it often felt like I had been there. Most accounts I had read previously stress the enormous losses suffered by the allies. This looks at the Germans on the receiving end.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    Many accounts from soldiers involved. Somewhat tedious to read them all, or at least too many at one time. But they offer insight into how vast the trench system was, how terrifying the conditions were, how chaotic and deadly and senseless the small individual battles of the very large struggles were.

  4. 5 out of 5

    'Aussie Rick'

    Overall a fascinating account of the Somme as told by the other side – from the German perspective. The book is mainly first-hand accounts from officers and men of the German Army that fought and died on the Somme in 1916. The book can be a bit remorseless in the constant accounts of mud, blood, filth, non-stop shelling and death but then again that was what the Somme was in 1916. I did find it interesting to read about what the Germans thought and did during the Allied offensive in 1916 and str Overall a fascinating account of the Somme as told by the other side – from the German perspective. The book is mainly first-hand accounts from officers and men of the German Army that fought and died on the Somme in 1916. The book can be a bit remorseless in the constant accounts of mud, blood, filth, non-stop shelling and death but then again that was what the Somme was in 1916. I did find it interesting to read about what the Germans thought and did during the Allied offensive in 1916 and strange to say I’ve never stopped to think of the German missing when I’ve read books from the Allied perspective. This book made me stop and realise that these men suffered just as badly as the Allied troops.

  5. 4 out of 5

    george hermann

  6. 4 out of 5

    Edward McAdam

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Korst

  8. 4 out of 5

    John

  9. 4 out of 5

    Militaryreader

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steve Bramley

  13. 5 out of 5

    Guido Tenconi

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jon Hollis

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jon Hall

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Snyder

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lucas

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ross Mahoney

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jack Wright

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dean Campbell

  21. 5 out of 5

    MD Hillman

  22. 5 out of 5

    William H. Haugland III

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Maier

  25. 4 out of 5

    Darryl Tomo

  26. 5 out of 5

    Blake Walker

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kurt S Brinschwitz

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dwight

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mike Cunha

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christiane

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