Other Side Of The Wire Volume 1

With the German XIV Reserve Corps on the Somme, September 1914-June 1916

Ralph J. Whitehead

The Other Side of the Wire brings to life a period long forgotten in the decades that have passed since the end of the Great War.
Publication date:
February 2010
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Illustration :
c 350 b/w photos, 33 maps, plus docs, tables
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Overview
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• Raw human experience of the other side of the SommeDraws on previously unpublished diaries, including over 350 contemporary photographs

The Other Side of the Wire brings to life a period long forgotten in the decades that have passed since the end of the Great War. Until recently, most books written on the Battle of the Somme concentrated almost exclusively on the British effort with only a brief mention of the period before the 1st of July 1916 and the German experience in the battle. Most simply ignore the nearly two years of warfare that preceded the momentous offensive. By focusing on one of the principal German formations involved in the Somme fighting, author Ralph Whitehead brings to life this little-known period, from the initial German advance on the Somme in September 1914 through the formation of the front that became so well known almost two years later.

The book takes the reader from the initial German invasion of the Somme through to the end of June 1916, the eve of the Somme Offensive. Using previously unpublished letters and diaries, Whitehead recounts the soldiers'experiences of the many facets of war. From the start of trench warfare, French attacks in 1914 and 1915 and the implementation of trench raids and how they developed over time, to the start of mine warfare, artillery tactics, life in the rear areas and the arrival of the British are all covered in detail. The book relates the thoughts, hopes and fears of the men from the XIV Reserve Corps as each chapter brings the reader closer to the Somme Offensive in 1916, an attack that was long anticipated by the men of the XIV Reserve Corps. The reader will have a better understanding of the events that took place on 1 July 1916, and some of the reasons for the successes and failures on both sides of the wire on that momentous day.

About the Author
Ralph J. Whitehead has been interested in Great War studies for over 40 years and has published many articles and contributed to numerous books on the subject.

REVIEWS

... author brings to life this little-known period..... and brings a sense of humanity to the story of the war using the words of the men who fought there…
Cross & Cockade International

All in all a very interesting, informative and revealing book and for anyone with an interest in World War I a book I would highly recommend..
Wargames Recon

This is a compelling book and should be read by anyone broadminded enough to want to know about what happened on ‘the other side of the wire'.
Military Illustrated