The Anglo–French Victory on the Somme

  title={The Anglo–French Victory on the Somme},
  author={William James Philpott},
  journal={Diplomacy \& Statecraft},
  pages={731 - 751}
  • W. Philpott
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • History
  • Diplomacy & Statecraft
The British historiography of the 1916 battle of the Somme fails to engage with the alliance dimension of the campaign. This article considers the battle in the strategic framework of the Allied General Offensive agreed on in 1915, and puts it in the context of French and British strategic, operational and tactical progress on the western front in the First World War. In particular it brings out the significant French role in the planning and conduct of the battle. It concludes that the battle… 
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