The Tanks at Flers: An Account of the First Use of Tanks in War at the Battle of Flers-Courcellette, the Somme, 15th September 1916 (Hardback)Trevor Pidgeon (author)
Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 15/02/2017
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Long out of print, Trevor Pidgeon's seminal and comprehensive work - The Tank at Flers - is here reproduced in its entirety. To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the event, the Tank Museum is re-publishing the book in conjunction with Helion & Company. The original edition - privately printed in 1995 in two volumes - is now hard to find and often commands a three-figure sum. The account of the very first tank attack on 15 September at what became known as the 'Battle of Flers Courcellete' has never been bettered. The book takes the reader through the invention of the tank, the early recruiting and training of the first crews at Bisley (then Elveden) and their transfer to France, and their preparation to attack in September at what was to be the last part of the Somme offensive. Chapters then show in detail the planning, routes taken and the actions and outcomes of each of the attacks - starting on the right of the British attack with the 56th, 6th and Guards Division; the left of the attack with the 47th, 50th, 15th and 2nd Canadian Divisions; and in the centre with the 14th, 41st and New Zealand Division. There are extensive appendices, as well as a Bibliography and Index. Each chapter ends with a field guide for those who wish to retrace the tank attacks and the area mentioned on the ground. Trevor Pidgeon's book is copiously illustrated with black and white and colour photographs, maps and is punctuated by personal accounts and original documents. The book is full of telling detail and a wealth of information on the men, the technology and the locations. As he says in his Preface, he aimed to write a comprehensive and detailed history of the day: `If we know that a distance is 343m rather than 350m, should we not say so?' - and yet this attention to detail in no way gets fussy or in the way of the story. Throughout the book, the respect and sympathy of the author for the men who had to take the first tanks into action is so apparent.
Publisher: Helion & Company
Number of pages: 248
Dimensions: 297 x 210 mm
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