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Throughout this enthralling series, Peter Barton has always made the case that the Germans should be given far more credit for their defensive doggedness at the Somme than history has previously given them. Indeed, Peter concludes here that the battle, which has traditionally been seen as a muddy stalemate, should in fact be classed as a German defensive victory. Rather than decrease the war’s length, the Somme in fact extended it. As the battle moves to its final phase, Peter also reveals how fighting continued beyond the official final day and how the Germans were terrified by new British tanks.