No conflict better encapsulates all that went wrong on the Western Front than the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The tragic loss of life and stoic endurance by troops who walked towards their death is an iconic image which will be hard to ignore during the centennial year. Despite this, the book shows the extent to which the Allied armies were in fact able repeatedly to break through the German front lines. By focusing on the first-hand experiences of both Allied and enemy soldiers, the author weaves a remarkable portrait of life at the Front.
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore was a barrister before becoming a journalist and historian. He has written for the Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Observer, Independent on Sunday, and Mail on Sunday. His previous books have included ‘Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man’ and ‘Enigma: Battle for the Code’.
Hugh will be talking about his fascinating book before answering questions from the audience and signing copies which will be available to buy at the event.
Tickets £7 (includes a glass of wine and £5 off ‘The Somme: Into the Breach.’)
To book call The Hungerford Bookshop on 01488 683480