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To Conquer Hell by Edward G. Lengel
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Dec 07, 2010

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Read from December 07 to 17, 2010

Very entertaining read but relies much too heavily on personal accounts and overstates casualties.
Maps add little and are from the US Gov't Battlefields and Monuments publication. The author's numbers simply do not add up. Many regiments we encounter are eventually reduced to a weak battalion, indicating at least a 66% casualty rate. Many eyewitness accounts are from men who were never before in combat but their estimates of killed are taken at face value.
I actually agree with much of the author's arguments but I do not think the evidence has been fairly presented.

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message 1: by Edward (new)

Edward Lengel Just a correction. The maps are NOT taken from the "US Gov't Battlefields and Monuments publication," nor even based upon them, but were crafted specifically for this book.

Neil My apologies to the author, the maps are not from the US Battlefields and Monuments.
Thank you for the clarification.

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