RUSI JournalVolume 161Issue 6members only

The Somme: Contest of Endurance

On the centenary of the Somme, Jack Spence reviews the latest literature on the topic to explore what can still be learned from this scarring experience.

The searing experience of the 1916 Somme campaign has bitten deep into the collective psyche of the British people. Over the generations, there has been a variety of commemorations – large and small – with many villages and towns listing the names of those who fell on the Somme battlefield and in later campaigns.

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