Overall a fascinating account of the Somme as told by the other side – from the German perspective. The book is mainly first-hand accounts from officeOverall a fascinating account of the Somme as told by the other side – from the German perspective. The book is mainly first-hand accounts from officers and men of the German Army that fought and died on the Somme in 1916. The book can be a bit remorseless in the constant accounts of mud, blood, filth, non-stop shelling and death but then again that was what the Somme was in 1916. I did find it interesting to read about what the Germans thought and did during the Allied offensive in 1916 and strange to say I’ve never stopped to think of the German missing when I’ve read books from the Allied perspective. This book made me stop and realise that these men suffered just as badly as the Allied troops....more
This book, although listed as 228 pages really only contains two short journals written by Lt General Sir Thomas Snow. The first journal covers the reThis book, although listed as 228 pages really only contains two short journals written by Lt General Sir Thomas Snow. The first journal covers the retreat from Mons and the Battle of Le Cateau. The second journal covers the Second Battle of Ypres. Detailed notes provided by the author’s follow both journals within the book. Overall the book offers an interesting insight into the problems with command and control on the Western Front during the early stages of the Great War....more
Battle Scarred The 47th Battalion in the First World War is a new book by Australian author Craig Deayton. This is his first book and what a great achBattle Scarred The 47th Battalion in the First World War is a new book by Australian author Craig Deayton. This is his first book and what a great achievement it is as well. I really loved this book, it’s a great story of ordinary men thrust into one of the worst wars known to man.
The author presents the good and the bad about the men who served in the 47th Battalion, 1st Australian Imperial Force. We read about those ordinary men who carried out great acts of bravery and were never recognised for their efforts but we also read about the cowards, maligerers and deserters.
This is the story of ordinary men thrown into the malestroem of the Western Front and who fought in some of the hardest and toughest battles along that line including; Pozieres, Mouquet Farm, Bullecourt, Messines, Passchendaele and Dernancourt. At the end of the war the remaining soldiers of the 47th gathered for one final photograph, only 73 men were left. (a battalion of that period was normally around 1000 men).
This is a great unit history and anyone who enjoys reading about the Great War should enjoy this book. In closing I’d like to add the review below from a well-respected Australian historian:
“Battle Scarred is surely the finest battalion history I have ever read… Craig Deayton has written a superb evocation and analysis of the life of one of the less celebrated of the AIF’s infantry battalions. This is no flattering hagiography full of derring-do, but an honest, critical, but still sympathetic, portrait of a run-of-the mill AIF battalion. Highly readable and richly descriptive both of the 47th’s men and their actions, it helps to explain not just what the AIF did on the Western Front, but what it was like for those involved, and why the AIF’s part in that terrible war remains such a profound part of Australian memory so long after.” - Dr. Peter Stanley Australia’s leading military historian...more