The Somme Battlefield - A Pocket Guide to Places and People with Secret Maps, by Ruaraidh Adams-Cairns
Book published by Hayloft, 158 pages. Paperback (N5114)
Everyone should make a pilgrimage to the Somme Battlefield. The scale of human sacrifice on the first day of this battle is unsurpassed in British military history. Appropriately the war memorials are amongst the most beautiful in the world. The landscape appears unspoilt and serene yet it retains the scars of war...
Ruaraidh Adams-Cairns, story teller, retired soldier and surveyor has assembled an essential pocket guide to 20 key places on the Battlefield supported by contemporary secret trench maps. Each place illustrates a different facet of this devastating battle and gives a vivid and moving insight into the stories of the extraordinary individuals who served there.
Aeroplanes, bombardments, boy soldiers, the cavalry charge, commanders, executions, flame throwers, footballs, gas, graves, letters home, premonitions of death, machine guns, mental illness, mothers, mining, padres, the Pals battalions, propaganda, raids, trenches, truces, wire, tanks, the war poets, white feathers and VCs are all featured along with the stories of the individuals involved.
Condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.