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Updated Wednesday, 14th June 2006

If you'd like to find out more about the Somme and military history, we've a selection of books which can inform you about the subject.  Read on in our section further reading.

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If you'd like to discover more about the battle of the Somme, we've a selection of books for you to further your knowledge and interest in the field.

Anglo-French Relations and Strategy on the Western Front, 1914-18
William Philpott, Macmillan,

German Strategy and the Path to Verdun
Robert Foley, Cambridge University Press

The Great War, 1914-1918
Ian Beckett, Pearson Education

Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War
Robert Doughty, Belknap Press

The Somme
Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson, Yale University Press

The Somme: A New History
Gary Sheffield, Cassell

The Somme: An Eyewitness History
Robert T. Foley and Helen B. McCartney, Folio Society, due for publication August 2006

Victory through Coalition: Britain and France during the First World War
Elizabeth Greenhalgh, Cambridge University Press

Information and resources relating to The Great War and battle of the Somme

Imperial War Museum
The United Kingdom's military history museum

Imperial War Museum - The Somme
Military history relating specifically to the battle of the Somme.

Regimental histories
Histories of the British Army's regiments, past and present

Art of the First World War
UNESCO-organised collection of First World War artworks from galleries worldwide

Battle of the Somme on Wikipedia
User-generated articles on the battle

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