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5.0 out of 5 stars
A vivid detailed account, 7 Nov. 2009
This is an extremely interesting book for anyone who wants to know what was happening on the German side during the Battle of Cambrai. Once again basing his story on detailed personal accounts by Germans soldiers at all levels, Jack Sheldon makes clear not only the chaos and confusion caused by the offensive but the astonishing effort made by all ranks and arms, including the frequently overlooked logistics corps, to mount the counter offensive in such a short time. His extracts from the private papers of the top commanders bring into sharp relief the problems that they were wrestling with, their rivalries and the interplay between them - indeed, the likes and dislikes that emerge from the extracts made me wonder sometimes how the Germans managed to continue the war for so long.
My only problems were with the maps and the use of long German titles, which for me break up the smooth flow of the text. I wish the maps could have been interspersed throughout the book rather than placed in a single section at the end. I also wish they could show some colour and an indication of north. But those are minor quibbles and all in all it's a very valuable addition to the bookshelf