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The Death of Glory: The Western Front, 1915 [Hardcover]

Robin Neillands
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2 Nov 2006

The First World War remains a controversy: the bitter reality clouded with damaging and popular myths. Many of these misconceptions relate to the competence of the generals. However, the reality of these battles has been gradually concealed by the allegation that the men were 'lions led by donkeys', and the donkeys - the generals - can therefore absorb much of the blame.

In this well-researched and highly readable book, Robin Neillands reveals the truth behind this fallacy and the events surrounding the battles, and sets them in a wider context. 1915 was a tough year for the British in France, and the burden of fighting was shifting from the British Army to the Territorial Forces who, at this time, were enthusiastic amateurs at best. The battles were either disasters or inconclusive, but the real reason for despair was that this war, entered into for the liberation of Belgium, had lost its moral argument and was now just another bloody, senseless slaughter.

Millions died on the Western Front in 1915 on muddy battlefields. There was no glory attached to their deaths: to all concerned, the war seemed endless and hopeless.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719562449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719562440
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,149,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Robin Neilland's previous books: (.)

Rarely has oral history been put to better use (Blake Morrison, Independent on Sunday)

'Immensely readable . . . a blast of fresh air. Anyone who aspires to the command of anything or opining a view of command should be forced to read it. A great blast of level-headedness' (The Spectator)

'Informed and explicit, this is military history at its best' (Western Daily Press)

'Excellent' (Literary Review)

'Highly readable' (Bookseller)

'Well researched and highly readable' (Blackpool Gazette)

'Neillands ... was not into simply chronicling the events of 1915, but rather has returned to a favourite subject -- the role of the generals and the scorn poured on their heads in later year' (Belfast Newsletter)

Book Description

1915. A terrible, seminal year for the allied effort in WW1, is investigated by respected military historian Robin Neillands

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good coverage of 1914-1915 27 Oct 2012
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It forms a good overall explanation and the details of the early years of the First World War - it is a good balanced and well thought out assessment of 1914 and 1915. It is a good book
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the author's best 1 Sep 2011
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In my opinion this is a better book than the one he wrote on the Normandy campaign. It is a well written overview of the disappointments sufferd by Britain's Imperial Armies and Allies in 1915 and is a must for the libraries of those who study, research or have an interest in WW1. The author was an ex-Royal Marine and he brings to the book a 'feel' for the ordinary man caught up in such horrendous events. I was fortunate to have studied with him and his death to cancer is deeply regretted.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but shoot your editor. 4 April 2014
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This is a very readable incisive critique of the British dimension of the western front in1915,marred by a constant stream of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors throughout. This is by far the worst example of poor translation of a book from paper to electronic format, which detracted from my enjoyment and in several places, my comprehension of the author's points.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Death of Glory 10 Feb 2014
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Again very interesting subject matter and opinions based on historical facts. Unfortunately, like the previous book in this series "The Old Contemptables", this electronic edition is also full of typographical errors which considerably reduce any pleasure one might expect reading it. Come on Amazon ~ do you not proof read before publication?

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating perspective 29 Oct 2013
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This book gave me a fascinating perspective on the Great War as a whole, not just events of 1915. The author examines the stereotypical view of the British troops being lions led by donkeys and comes to a differing conclusion after considering factors like the relationship with the French, tensions between the generals and our army's lack of equipment and appropriate training, which had to be overcome before they had any realistic chance of success. It is well-written, persuasive and manages to be both concise and in sufficient detail.
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