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Forgotten Victory. The First World War: Myths and Reality

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Based on 20 years of research, this text draws on the work of leading scholars in the field. Without underestimating the scale of the human tragedy or playing down the disasters, it explodes many myths about the War, placing it in its historical context.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 5th 2002 by Headline Book Publishing (first published June 14th 2001)
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Revived review to mark 100 years to the day after the outbreak of WW1. And this is a very interesting book about that dreadful conflict.


There are good revisionists and evil revisionists. The good ones take the standard government-issue version of history, the stuff we all know, and go to town on it. They dismantle all those easy myths, both patriotic and otherwise, and sometimes as they do so they howl with pain. Here are a couple o
Philip Whiteland
This is never going to be a light-hearted romp but it does offer some interesting insights into a war in which the received wisdom is so well-entrenched (if you'll pardon the pun) as to be unarguable. Mr. Sheffield makes an interesting case that WW1 was far from a series of pointless and bloody battles waged over muddy fields but was, in fact, a terrific learning curve for the British Army as it came to terms with the new, industrialised, form of warfare. As the war progressed, useful lessons we ...more
A very interesting book, one that challenges the accepted version of history.
David Curtis
The best general book on the First World War.
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Claire-louise Tuthill
Some really interesting ideas. Worth a read.
Robert Grantham
The best book on WW1 bar none. A must for anyone
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Gary Sheffield is Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He is President of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides and a Vice President of the Western Front Association. He has published widely on the First World War and regularly broadcasts on television and radio as well as contributing to numerous journals, magazines and newspapers. Previous books include the acclai ...more
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