The Great War July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the
Somme. It is an illustrated panorama with an essay by Adam
Hochschild. "Sacco's work [is] the best argument around for comics
as a journalistic medium". (GQ). Launched on July 1, 1916, the
Battle of the Somme has come to epitomize the madness of the First
World War. Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another
40,000 were wounded that first day, and there were more than one
million casualties by the time the offensive halted a few months
later. In The Great War, acclaimed cartoonist Joe Sacco depicts the
events of that day in an extraordinary, 24-foot-long wordless
panorama: from the riding exercises of General Douglas Haig to the
massive artillery positions and marshalling areas behind the trench
lines, to the legions of British soldiers going 'over the top' and
being cut down in No-Man's-Land, to the tens of thousands of
wounded soldiers retreating and the dead being buried en masse.
Printed on fine accordion-fold paper and packaged in a deluxe
hardcover slipcase with a 16-page accompanying booklet, The Great
War is a landmark work in Sacco's illustrious career, and makes
visceral one of the bloodiest days in history.
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