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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (252 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Max Arthur Narrator: Richard Bebb Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN:
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During the dreadful Battle at Verdun, the French command urged the British to ease the pressure and launch their planned offensive on the Somme. The battle started on July 1st 1916, and in September the British used tanks for the first time. By November, the battlefields were turned into a quagmire, and the offensive was called off. The Allies had advanced six miles, at a cost of 420,000 British and Dominion casualties, and over 200,000 Frenchmen. Throughout the dreadful winter and the spring of '17, relentless fighting continued, exacting a heavy toll of lives. Some of the battle names have come down in history: Vimy Ridge, Arras, Messines, and Menin Road. The summer of 1917 was the wettest for years, and on the 31st July the third battle of Ypres started. Fought in a man-made swamp, there were, altogether some quarter of a million casualities. By now all the participating forces were locked in deadly combat on land, sea and in the air. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 12/14/2013

    " A collection of first person quotes sequential to the main events of WWII in England. If you like a continuous flowing story, this is not the book for you. If you want to get a series of brief personal observations from numerous different people, then this book is excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 11/25/2013

    " extremely good read,very evocative and emotional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/10/2013

    " Although important and very personal, I prefer to read a more fluid account using examples of personal accounts rather than it all being told through personal accounts. All should be read in conjunction with one another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridge | 10/20/2012

    " It was interesting but it wasn't a marvel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Kerridge | 7/30/2012

    " This book should be included in the school curriculum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 3/8/2012

    " Fascinating to read comments from people who were actually involved. Although the collator has placed the remarks loosely in chronological order I found it disjointed as a result. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 1/6/2011

    " This is a very moving book that adds a lot of detail to the facts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley | 11/19/2010

    " Amazing book! I read it for background information before teaching WAR as topic to my class. Very interesting - a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 5/27/2010

    " Such an important book to read. We should never forget the sacrifices made for our freedom. A fantastically interesting and moving book. A must read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/10/2010

    " A great way of making sure those who offered their lives for their country are remembered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 2/22/2010

    " A collection of first person quotes sequential to the main events of WWII in England. If you like a continuous flowing story, this is not the book for you. If you want to get a series of brief personal observations from numerous different people, then this book is excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridge | 4/29/2009

    " It was interesting but it wasn't a marvel. "

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