• The Somme

  • The Darkest Hour on the Western Front
  • By: Peter Hart
  • Narrated by: Mark Ashby
  • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (624 ratings)

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The Somme

By: Peter Hart
Narrated by: Mark Ashby
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Editorial reviews

With never-before-revealed firsthand accounts of World War I survivors, this is a comprehensive look at the Battle of Somme, one of the largest of the war, which took place on July 1, 1916. Listeners will be stunned by immediacy of Peter Hart's writing - it vividly evokes the battlefields, the trenches, and the fear of the soldiers fighting in the war. Especially striking are, of course, the personal testimonies of survivors. Mark Ashby's clear-as-a-bell narration adds a bit of calm to this gripping audiobook experience.

Publisher's summary

The Somme: these words conjure the image of war rigidly fought by traditional means even when catastrophe clearly loomed. Relying on personal testimonies never before published, this study of those who survived the first day of battle (July 1, 1916) captures this epic conflagration from all angles. Follow the action as soldiers crawl across No Man’s Land in the face of German guns, struggle with the conditions in the trenches, and survey the scene from the air as the RFC tries to control the skies above the battlefield.

©2008 Peter Hart (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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  • Categories: History