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Twelve Days on the Somme: A Memoir of the Trenches, 1916

by Sidney Rogerson

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This memoir was written in 1933 by a former company commander on the western front in the First World War. He served there at the end of the Somme campaign in November 1916, so avoided the terrible first day (which many people take to be the whole battle, but it was a four months campaign). It is very well written and gives a full and well balanced picture of life in the trenches, depicting the camaraderie and sheer boredom and frustration of long periods of inactivity, as well as the horrors (not that many of these given the stage of the campaign covered). The author explicitly positions his memoir in opposition to the "war is unremitting hell" narrative that by this time had come to dominate discourse about the Great War, and indeed has done so until recent years. Worth a read in this year of the Somme centenary. ( )
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