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The First Seven Divisions: Being a Detailed Account of the Fighting from Mons to Ypres (Classic Reprint)
The First Seven Divisions: Being a Detailed Account of the Fighting from Mons to Ypres (Classic Reprint)
by Lord Ernest Hamilton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.73

4.0 out of 5 stars SMASHING, 21 July 2010
Thoroughly exciting and of it's time, written by one who was there. The many almost unbelievable acts of heroism recounted in a very British style made me realise how lucky most of our generation are not having to pass through such events ourselves.


With Cavalry in the Great War: The British Trooper in the Trench Line Through the Second Battle of Ypres
With Cavalry in the Great War: The British Trooper in the Trench Line Through the Second Battle of Ypres
by Frederic Coleman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.30

4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ, 21 July 2010
Contemporary account of the Cavalry in the second battle of Ypres in early 1915.

Written in a very direct and 'involved' style, without the benefit of hindsight and revisionism. I enjoyed it very much.


D-Day: The Battle for Normandy
D-Day: The Battle for Normandy
by Antony Beevor
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ANTONY BEEVOR D DAY - POOR, 19 July 2010
I found this book very poor. I really enjoyed Stalingrad which I thought provided a real insight into the Russian mindset during the war, and the dilemmas faced by some Germans too, but D-Day wasn't in that league. For a start little seemed new though Beevor is good with small details, he missed completely the great sweep of the battle and Montgomery's great strategy grinding down and destroying the German Army on the British and Canadian fronts while building up and breaking out on the American side.All the time completely hoodwinking the Germans as to the real intention of the Allies until the last moment.

Indeed the book seemed so anti-British I wonder if it was not deliberately written that way for the American market. There are a completely unjustified number of criticisms of the British commanders especially Monty, in respect of whom Beevor cannot bring himself to utter a single word of praise. Montgomery in fact is NEVER mentioned unless in critical terms. Montgomery did fail to deliver on some pre battle intentions but the great strategy for Normandy - including the American breakout, was his, set out at St Pauls School before the campaign and delivered in crushing style putting the allies on the Seine at D plus 90 just as Montgomery had predicted. This is the indisputable truth and Beevors work gives no sense whatever of this. Bradley of course did the detailed planning for Cobra, but the Strategic concept and direction was Montgomery's.Even Bradley who later fell out with Monty over the Ardennes gave Monty full credit for his performance in Normandy.

This aspect is so bad - even personal that I began to believe one of Beevor's relatives must have been slighted by Montgomery in some way, perhaps sacked or treated badly, to elicit such hostility. I thought there must be some sort of deeper explanation.


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