Andrew Macdonald
June 2017

First Day of the Somme is the complete account of Britain’s bloodiest single day of the First World War. Both the British and German perspectives of the battle are brought together fully for the first time, with numerous eyewitness accounts from the bustling headquarters and bullet-swept no-man’s-land of 1 July 1916. The many causes behind the military disaster are laid bare in this epic story of courage, misery and endurance.

'balanced, nuanced and thoughtful' – The Times Literary Supplement

'an author who knows his subject inside and out' – The Australia Times

'head and shoulders above the crowd' – Soldier

'one of the best battle histories in years' – Listener

'devastating detail' – Express

About the Author

Andrew Macdonald holds a PhD (University of London) in military history. First Day of the Somme is his third single-authored book. The former Reuters correspondent’s interest in military history dates back more than 25 years, when he interviewed a number of veterans of Twentieth Century conflict. He frequently walks over the battlefields of Europe.

RRP:  £17.99  

Paperback ISBN:  978-0-9957950-0-6 

Size:  height 234 mm x width 156 mm

Extent:  476 pages

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Classification:  HBW (Military history) 

Distributor:  Marston Book Services Ltd, 160 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, OXON, OX14 4SB. Tel: 01235 465500