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
'Meticulously researched, acutely analysed and eminently readable, this fascinating new study deserves to become a standard work.'
– Major General (Retired) Mungo Melvin CB OBE, President of the British Commission for Military History
'Andrew Macdonald's stimulating examination of the epic events of 1 July 1916 will stand out among the many books marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. This lively and refreshing study is a most welcome addition to the historiography of the war on the Western Front.'
– Professor Peter Simkins MBE, University of Wolverhampton, President of the Western Front Association
'An incisive and riveting dissection of the first day of the Somme from both sides of the hill. Andrew Macdonald goes from strength to strength.'
– Dr Christopher Pugsley ONZM, formerly Senior Lecturer, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
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.