West Country Regiments on the Somme - Tim SaundersBarnsley: Leo Cooper, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
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Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “While much has been written on the contribution of the ‘Pals’ battalions of the Northern cities and towns of England during the Battle of the Somme, comparatively little coverage has been given to the infantry regiments emanating from the South West. Yet all suffered grievously both on 1 July 1916 and in the long and costly months of carnage that followed. West Country Regiments on the Somme is a highly successful if overdue attempt to redress this historical imbalance. It concentrates on the achievements and sacrifices of both the Regular and Service battalions of the Devonshire Regiment and the Dorset Regiment. These two together had five battalions in action on the fateful first day of this epic battle, a date forever etched in deep letters in the history of the British Army. As expert military historian Tim Saunders goes on to describe, both Regiments were involved in most of the significant actions fought during that long summer and autumn. Thanks to painstaking research, the Author is able to tell the story in the most clear and vivid manner, often using the very words of those men who were actually there fighting for their country — and counties — and all too often paying the ultimate price.
This book is an important addition to the distinguished bibliography of the Great War in general and the Battle of the Somme in particular.”