Imperial War Museum The Somme: A Visual History

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' - History.ac.uk

A richly illustrated book telling the history of the Somme offensive

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.

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Details
  • Author: Anthony Richards, Head of Documents and Sound, Imperial War Museum
  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Date published: June 2016
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1904897521
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 22 cm 
Reviews

'The Battle of the Somme is etched into our minds as the epitome of all that is ghastly and tragic about war. Mention it and a host of black and white images, like those on these pages, come to mind' - The Sunday Times

'Accessible for the lay reader....A visual history of the conflict, it uses the [Imperial War Museums] collection to present a panorama of official war photographs, propaganda posters, artworks, artifacts, letters, and firsthand experiences to give a compelling overview of the campaign' - The Mail on Sunday

'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' - History.ac.uk


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