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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