The Somme soldiers’ stories

From the battle-hardened veteran who led an audacious assault on the German lines to the headmaster who yearned to be reunited with his children, Peter Hart recounts the experiences of seven ordinary men who faced terrible danger on the Somme

British gunners busily engaged in putting over a curtain barrage. Somme campaign, France, 1916. (Photo by Historica Graphica Collection/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

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