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The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme Hardcover – November 4, 2013
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The format is unique. The art is stunning. The scope is amazing. And the lesson is timeless. Combined with Adam Hochschild's essay on the significance of the Battle of the Somme (which was adapted from his incredible book, To End All Wars), Sacco's vision can be studied for hours.
One of the most impressive works of history I have ever had the honor to experience.
But, still, ah Joe Sacco's wonderful pull out illustrations! These are as glorious as the battle was horrible. Truly awesome, and have to be seen to be believed. Take a look at the expanded view above, and understand that does not do justice to the real thing by even a little.
This is a must for any student or even scholar of The Great War, or those who enjoy such great illustrative work.
His research of the subject was extensive. Having spent fifteen years in Australia before he moved to the States in 1978, he became fascinated by the Great War, especially of Gallipoli and the Dardanelles and it apparently never left him. He has amassed a large library on the war and he states in the forward that his inspiration for the work was influenced by the authors Martin Middlebrook and Lynn MacDonald among others.
This is a fascinating work.Read more ›
The Battle of the Somme remains one of the worst battles in human history with over a million dead between July and November 1916. Sacco shows the first day from the Allied perspective which saw a staggering total of 57,000 British soldiers dead or wounded by day’s end, making it the worst loss in British military history. In comparison, the Germans lost an estimated 8,000.
How could such a catastrophe occur? Ineffective bombing. After a week of Allied bombing, the British expected to go in with their 120,000 troops and storm through the lines but, as soon as they entered no man’s land, they realised how much the bombs had missed the Germans’ lines when they saw line after line of barbed wire and machine gun nests intact.
In the style of the Bayeux tapestry 1000 years ago which depicted the Battle of Hastings, Sacco’s panoramic view of the battle takes in everything from the soldiers on their way to the front, arriving and eating breakfast, getting prepared and heading into the trenches, to the distant bombings getting closer, to the trenches themselves, and the beginnings of the attack which sees explosions and bullets tearing apart soldiers in the most horrific ways.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best book on the battle of the Somme, with no words* or pages**! Sacco outdoes himself again, and if you stood in awe at his "Safe Area: Gorazde", wait until you see this... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paco Calderón
With The Great War (Imperial War Museums), a dual five star possession or gift for someone who can't get enough history and wants to get the 'facts' rather than one of so many... Read morePublished 16 months ago by TexBBQMan
History teacher approved! I admire Joe Sacco, and have read many of his graphic novels cover to cover. Read morePublished 17 months ago by S. Oppenheim
It seems to be a labor of love for the artist and as an art work, it deserves five star. However, I was trying to enjoy it as a book, and, by necessity, it falls short as a book... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kafishna
This book is a Great War illustration by a great war illustrator. Joe Sacco's tour de force multi-panel drawing is compelling both as a piece of art and a work of educational... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rob Fitzgibbon
My friends in the association, "Pour le Devoir de Mémoire" ("Out of Duty to Memory"--to honor those who fought and fell or returned from the battlefields of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jacqueline Berben