The Other Side Of The Wire Volume 2

The Battle of the Somme With the German XIV Reserve Corps, 1 July 1916

Ralph J. Whitehead

Volume 1 of The Other Side of the Wire told the story of the German XIV Reserve Corps from the initial invasion of the Somme in Northern France in 1914 to the final hours before the momentous battle of 1 July 1916. Volume 2 covers the epic Battle of the Somme and takes the reader through the battle as seen through the eyes of the German defenders.
Publication date:
May 2012
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Illustration :
c 400 b/w photos, maps
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781907677120

Dimensions : 234 X 156 cm
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£45.00
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Overview
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• The epic Battle of the Somme, as seen through the eyes of the German defendersLimited edition, with each copy signed by the author

Volume 1 of The Other Side of the Wire told the story of the German XIV Reserve Corps from the initial invasion of the Somme in Northern France in 1914 to the final hours before the momentous battle of 1 July 1916. Volume 2 covers the epic Battle of the Somme and takes the reader through the battle as seen through the eyes of the German defenders.

Each part of the great battle, from Gommecourt in the north to Curlu on the bank of the River Somme, is presented from the perspective of the Germans who defended their sectors against the British and French offensive. The story is presented using first-hand accounts and regimental histories to provide the reader with a part of the battle long ignored in most histories written since the war.

Complete with hundreds of illustrations of the men who fought on the Somme, many previously unpublished from the author's personal collection, and numerous maps, perhaps the most unique aspect of the book is the casualty lists of the units that took part in the battle as they were published in the following weeks in the German 'Verlustlisten'.

The author provides the reader with the human face of the men in Field Grey who faced one of the mightiest onslaughts ever seen in history. This superb Great War title is being published in a strictly limited edition hardback run of 750 copies, each copy individually numbered and signed by the author.

REVIEWS

Helion has produced a first-rate book of the highest quality. Ralph Whitehead has written a book that is a critical addition to any aspiring military historian of a professional or casual background. This book is recommended in the strongest possible terms.
Canadian Military History Journal

This book is an astonishing achievement, a triumph for Ralph Whitehead, whose patient detective work on the surviving German sources over many years has presented us with previously undreamt of precision to the thorny problem of German casualty figures … Whitehead has also succeeded in providing the most comprehensive description of the First Day of the Somme from the defenders' perspective which has ever appeared in print … This was a dreadful day for British arms, but an awesome German achievement and we should be grateful to Ralph Whitehead for describing it so skilfully.
Jack Sheldon

The date 1 July 1916 is indelibly etched into the consciousness of British society. This day saw the largest loss of life in any one day in the long history of the British army on the Somme battlefield. Despite this, events from the other side of the hill have largely remained a mystery for English-language readers. No longer. Ralph Whitehead has added immeasurably to our understanding of this fateful day. This meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated volume provides a clear picture of the experiences of the German defenders on this day and the methods they used to defeat the British attack. This volume will revolutionize our view of 1 July 1916 and is an essential read for any scholar of the First World War.
Dr Robert T. Foley, Reader in Defence Studies, King's College London

"… an outstanding achievement, and an essential read for anyone interested in the Great War or men at war.” --Newsletter of the NY Military Affairs Symposium
Newsletter of the NY Military Affairs Symposium