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This CD, one in a series of "self-drive, self-guided, Battlefield Tours on CD" focuses on the story of the First Day of the Somme, 1 July 1916. It is written and narrated by Douglas Skene.
"The British army's appalling losses on the first day of the battle of the Somme shocked the nation and led to an enduringly cynical opinion of the generals. Mistakes were certainly made, which contributed to the loss of thousands of lives, yet Douglas Skene's clear narrative, placing of the events in the context of their time, will raise other questions in the listener's mind and challenge the conventional view that they died in vain."