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This is the best selling guide book to the Somme because it was the first one with such detail (back in the 1980s) and has been constantly updated since. If you only want to have one book then have this one. It has concise histories, stories of individual valor, descriptions of memorials, cemeteries, bunkers and museums and it also tells you how to get to and around the battlefields. There are suggested visits and the times from one to another plus Tourist Information. There are hundreds of colour pictures of the way things are today.

Free Map. If you only have room for one book then take this one. You will find things that the others do not. AND you get a large map wrapped with the book PLUS you can choose another map worth £3.50 or more quite FREE when you check out.

The Thiepval Memorial - Cover of the Guide-Book - all Page refs are for the 7th Edition

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  • The Thiepval Memorial - Cover of the Guide-Book - all Page refs are for the 7th Edition
  • Entrance to Cabaret Rouge CWGC Cemetery - Page 37 - all Page refs are for the 7th Edition
  • German Memorial to 164th Regt Neuville St Vaast German Cemetery - Page 39
  • Demarcation Stone Albert, Somme, marking limit of German advance - Page 71
  • Albert church with Golden Madonna - Page 73 - all Page refs are for the 7th Edition
  • Kilted 51st Highland Div Memorial, Canadian Memorial Park, Beaumont Hamel - Page 112
  • Headstone of Henry Webber thought to be the oldest allied casualty on the Somme
  • Australian Welcome to Pozieres where Australians fell heavier than anywhere else
  • Guards Div Memorial, Lesboeufs : page 254 lBook  7th Edition - all Page refs are for  7th Edition
  • Twin pylons of the Canadian Memorial, Vimy Ridge, Page 46 - all Page refs are for the 7th Edition
  • One of the four detailed walks in the book - around Thiepval. Page 322/177

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Major & Mrs Holt's Definitive Battlefield Guide to the Somme - 100th Anniversary - GPS

 A completely revised and much-expanded edition - with 76 new pages, AND HUNDREDS of photos - over 30 years in the making.

No price change from the previous edition.

Our full-out Somme map is INCLUDED with the book and you can choose another one of our maps for FREE at checkout.

Like all of the books in the series it is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the area, yet is far more than a mere guidebook. It is an encyclopaedic summary of the WW1 Somme Battles and the region in which they were fought. Descriptions of every element of the battle are woven into a kaleidoscope of human, literary and historical  imagery all presented with clear Tourist Information, route directions and GPS references throughout.

It is the book used by tour guides.


Packaged with and Map References throughout to Major & Mrs Holt's 1 July 1916 Battle Map of the Somme

This detailed and unique fully-indexed, 4-colour, double-sided map shows modern roads, Battle Line of 1 July 1916, Ground gained 1 July and 17 Nov 1916. The 1918 American, Australian, Canadian, French Sector. Memorials, Museums, Preserved Sites, Allied & German War Cemeteries.



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