Martin Ball

Martin Ball is a Melbourne reviewer.

Martin Ball reviews 'The Somme' by Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson

August 2005, no. 273 16 October 2019
Martin Ball reviews 'The Somme' by Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson
The Somme – it is a name that still strikes dread in the ears for its carnage, ineptitude and sheer waste of life. For the English-speaking world at least, the battle of the Somme has come to symbolise all that was bad about the Great War in general, and the Western Front in particular. The 141-day battle cost the British Army alone more than 400,000 casualties, including 150,000 men killed. Th ... (read more)