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When The Somme Ran Red [Illustrated Edition]

Length: 156 pages3 hours


Captain Dugmore stands as a rather strange figure even in the mass of personalities that fought in the Great War: an artist of some standing, a writer, and traveller. When the war broke out in 1914, he visited Belgium as a private citizen; appalled by the damage that the Germans, who were overrunning country in short order at the time, were wreaking he decided to join the British Army. There was only one small problem: at the time he was forty-four, too years too old to enter the army. But he strode into his local recruiting office and demanded admission to the army, and if met with refusal, he stated, he would return with a changed appearance and falsify his age!

The army accepted Mr Dugmore as an officer and sent him off for immediate training. Despite having spent a large slice of his life in the outdoors in Africa painting and writing about wildlife, he must have found the trenches a shock. As he recounts in his book, he was strafed, shot at, barraged, and gassed during his time at the front, finally wounded and passed unfit for service in 1916 during the later phases of the battle of the Somme.

The author’s book is excellently written, filled with anecdote and detailed battle scenes.

Author — Captain Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore 1870 - 1955

Text taken, whole and complete, from the edition published in New York, George H. Doran company 1918

Original Page Count – 285 pages

Illustrations — 20 maps and illustrations

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