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SOMME: INTO THE BREACH
Having read almost everything that has been written on this battle, I can vouch that this is the best account yet.
The Daily Telegraph
Sebag-Montefiore’s brilliant new study will set the benchmark for a generation.
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore’s Somme: Into The Breach is the best new narrative of the battle...reflecting his gifts for fluent prose and moving quotations
As in his previous book, Dunkirk (2006), one of Sebag-Montefiore’s talents as a historian is never to lose sight of the variety of individual experience. In among the gothic of rotting bodies trampled underfoot are glimpses of a hinterland beyond the battle – including a striking description of a trip to a French strip club(!)
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore’s book is a moving record of the death and destruction...at the Somme
Mail On Sunday
Sebag-Montefiore’s (book) is...comprehensive, authoritative and meticulously researched.
The author’s combination of thoughtful analysis with first-hand testimony from army soldiers, cameramen, and diarists lends a gritty immediacy.
His account has the fullness of the Official History with the added colour of eyewitness accounts.
Gripping narrative, at times both exhilarating and painful,…illuminating…(and) vivid.
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore’s (book is a) richly textured account of the battlefield experience.
PRESS OUTSIDE UK
The Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand)
Historian Hugh Sebag-Montefiore has made a serious case that New Zealand soldiers committed war crimes during World War 1. He cites statements by the soldiers themselves about executing Germans captured or trying to surrender during the Battle of the Somme. These are strong prima facie evidence of war crimes and cannot be dismissed.
New Zealand Herald (Auckland, New Zealand)
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore told Radio New Zealand that Kiwis involved in the Battle of the Somme on the Western Front in 1916 were ‘desensitised’ and murdered German soldiers instead of taking prisoners.
Kirkus Reviews (America)
A beautifully crafted, blow-by-blow account with deep insight into the lives of these diverse young men
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