The Somme has produced a number of controversies. Was the terrible bloodshed justified by the results? Were the tactics used the best under the circumstances? Was the new technology (the tank) as effective as possible? This book shows the current state of historians' views on the Somme.
FRED R. VAN HARTESVELDT is Professor of History at Fort Valley State College in Georgia. He is editor of the anthology, The 1918-1919 Pandemic of Influenza (1992) and the author of a number of reviews and articles.