STAFF PICKS :: THE GREAT WAR: THE FIRST DAY OF THE SOMME :: OCTOBER 30, 2013

October 30, 2013 at 8:56 am By:

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICK :: THE GREAT WAR: THE FIRST DAY OF THE SOMME: Imagine a battle that was so devastating, so bloody that on the first day of this months offensive, 20,000 British soldiers well killed and another 40,000 were seriously wounded.By it’s end there were over 1,000,000 casualties and there was virtually nothing to show for this insane loss of life.  This event–the infamous Battle of the Somme– needs to be forever remembered so the debacle of trench warfare is remembered in the hope it will never be repeated.  The great cartoon journalist Joe Sacco (Palestine, Safe Haven Gorazdhe and Footnotes from Gaza– all highly recommended) presents the events of this entire first bloody day, July 1, 1916.  MR. Sacco shows the the events of the day with the use of a 24 foot long panorama that is printed on accordion-fold paper.  It comes in a handsome slip case and includes a 16 page booklet filled with background material.  this is a major project by one of this generations best cartoonists.  Do not miss it.

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