This lively book helps explode the claim that the British fought WW1 stupidly and demolishes a long list of related myths. It is worth recalling that the Germans, who overran France in the Franco Prussian War, were in fact fought to a standstill and held for some years, despite huge forces being applied, before being defeated totally. When the Americans arri ...more
It's not a chronological history of the war either. Each chapter is dedicated to a particular myth about the war (the war was pointless, the trenches were miserable, the generals were incompetent, the men were herded like sheep into slaughter in wave attacks, etc.). I'm not sure I buy some of the arguments he makes, but he backs them up with a mass of statistical and anecdotal evidence. Overall, thi ...more
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If, like me, your views on the Great War stem mainly from Blackadder Goes Forth then this is a book you should read. The common perception is of Lions led by Donkeys, four years in sat in your dug out without respite, poor rations and a generation fed to the grinder for little or no gain due to the blockheadedness of the generals. The author takes common myths and provides an argument against each one in a way that has changed my opinion of the conduct of the war.
The book covers soldier welfare...more
It is well explained and he makes his points well.