Imperial War Museum The Somme: A Visual History exhibition catalogue

The Somme: A Visual History

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'Edited by Anthony Richards, IWM’s Head of Documents and Sound, this is a shrewd, compelling blend of text and relevant, appropriately-sized image, concise, well-paced, clear and balanced' -

From photographs to artworks, film to posters, this richly illustrated book explores the Battle of the Somme through the collections of London's Imperial War Museum. It includes sections on the Battle's context, the planning that ensued for ‘the big push’, accounts of the infamous first day, the later stages of the Battle and its legacy. Throughout Anthony Richards’ detailed history, this book offers the rare chance to read the first-hand experiences of those who were there, taken from private diaries, personal letters and interviews in IWM’s collections. 

Rarely seen photographs captured by the official war photographers at the front, vivid wartime posters and artworks showing the horrors and sheer scale of the battle are woven throughout the narrative of the book, illustrating it with the faces and images of the time. The book also features a series of ‘In Focus’ essays, written by IWM experts exploring the impact of the Battle of the Somme on the mediums of Art, Film and Photography as well as the Pals Battalions who, having been encouraged to enlist by Lord Kitchener, had in many cases their first experiences of combat during the battle.

  • Author: Anthony Richards, Head of Documents and Sound, Imperial War Museum
  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Date published: June 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1904897521
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 22 cm 

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