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High Wood, dominating the Bazentin Ridge, was the fiercely contested focal point of the Battle of the Somme. Held by the Germans, it was fiercely defended against infantry, cavalry and tanks - the latter deployed in battle for the first time. The wood finally fell to the British in September, but the successful divisional commander was dismissed for 'lack of push' and 'wanton waste of men'. Yet despite the appalling losses, his troops achieved its capture and consolidation. The Hell They Called High Wood is firmly established as one of the classic accounts of the Somme action and is compulsory reading for all who wish to gain a clear insight into this cataclysmic battle.
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The Somme was surely one of the bloodiest rendezvous for battle of all time. High Wood, dominating the Bazentin Ridge, was the fiercely contested focal point of the battle. The Germans showed great determination and sacrifice defending the feature and it was not until September that it finally fell to the attackers. Ironically the successful divisional commander was rewarded with dismissal for "wanton waste of men". This exceptional book not only paints a graphic and gruesome picture of the fighting but sheds light on the problems of high command.About the Author:
Terry Norman is an author and a historian.
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