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Posted on Friday 28th June

Warfare readers can claim £5 off the RRP of The First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook, from Pen and Sword Books, with the discount code FDOTS5.

You can read the full story in Martin's own words here and part 2 here.

In 1968, after a visit to the First World War battlefield sites in France, poultry farmer Martin Middlebrook decided to write a book on the Battle of the Somme.

After conducting interviews and questionnaires with Somme veterans, and detailed research assisted by friends and associates, Martin - who had not written anything longer than a business letter in all of his adult life - sat down to construct a book focusing only on the dramatic first day of the battle, 1 July 1916.

In 1971, the first hardback edition of The First Day on the Somme was published by Penguin. The book remains in print over 40 years on and thus far has sold almost 150,000 copies overall. It also topped a "real" chart of Great War reading books compiled by the Western Front Association.

The book is available in hardback from Pen and Sword Books, with £5 off the RRP for Warfare readers using the special promotional code FDOTS5. (Discount will be applied at the checkout).

Further Reading

The First Day on the Somme

Only £19.99

The First Day on the Somme

(Hardback - 352 pages)
by Martin Middlebrook

After an immense but useless bombardment, at 7.30 am. On 1 July 1916 the British Army went over the top and attacked the German trenches. It was the first day of the battle of the Somme, and on that day the British suffered nearly 60,000 casualties, two for every yard of their front. With more than fifty times the daily losses at El Alamein and fifteen times the British casualties on D-day, 1 July 1916… Read more...


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