July 1, 1916, marked the beginning of a nearly five-months-long fight on the banks of the Somme river in northern France. By the time the battle ended on Nov. 18, French, British and German forces had suffered more than a million casualties.

The battle was one of the most traumatic events in a war that introduced a new level of horror to the world, with advancements in modern warfare and an unrelenting death toll. Many of the men who survived the Battle of the Somme tried to capture the experience in memoirs after the war. Other authors have presented researched volumes on the battle, and still others have fictionalized the terror of the fight. Here are seven books that have memorialized the Somme in one way or another in the 100 years since the battle began.

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