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Attack: Somme July 1st 1916 | Edward Liveing

Attack : July 1st 1916 | Edward Liveing

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An Infantry Subaltern's
Impressions of July 1st, 1916

Edward Liveing


The rare 1918 first edition, of Edward Liveing's classic memoir of the first day on the Somme. Attack begins the evening before the attack, ends almost 24 hours later, and is entirely focussed on the events of the first day of the battle. As a young junior officer in the 12th Battalion of the London Regiment, Edward Liveing was in command of a platoon of about fifty men. On 1st July 1916 he climbed out of his trench and walked into the hell of no-mans land during the attack on the fortified village of Gommecourt. His memoir of the assault on Gommecourt is now regarded as a classic, and an important contribution to the literature of the First World War.

Edward Liveing (1895–1963) was an author and historian. During WWI he served in France, Palestine, and Egypt. After the war he was regional director for the BBC.


In fair to good condition. The boards are in fair to good condition, with some marks, and general signs of wear. The binding and hinges are secure. The text is in good condition, with some marks, and age toning to the paper. There is a pencil signature, ‘H. W. Strike’, to the front endpaper. (This could possibly be Cpl Harold William Strike who served with the RAMC during WW1)

Published: 1918
Khaki boards with black titling
Dimensions: 115mm x 175mm
Pages: 86