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Bloody Victory: The Sacrifice on the Somme and the Making of the Twentieth Century: The Battle, the Myth, the Legacy
Bloody Victory: The Sacrifice on the Somme and the Making of the Twentieth Century: The Battle, the Myth, the Legacy
by William Philpott
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Victory, 20 Jan 2010
Bloody Marvellous.
This is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the war on the Western Front in WW1. It's beautifully written. Dr Philpott's knowledge of the French army is profound, and he brings out clearly how they were fighting the Germans on something like equal terms while the raw British citizen army was painfully learning the necessary techniques.
After reading this book my respect for Haig, Rawlinson and the fighting men of the British and Commonwealth armies is in no way diminished, but I have learnt a valuable lesson about the character and professional skill of Foch and his hard-fighting French army.
In my opinion Bloody Victory is destined to take its place, like Michael Howard's Franco-Prussian War, as the standard work on its subject.


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