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Lest we forget, 31 Jan. 2013
I have read quite a few accounts of the First World War and the Somme and this must be one of the best. Peter uses narratives from the soldiers who were there (officers, other ranks, friend and foe) to relate to us the story of this terrible battle. These are used to good effect as you get really involved with the men who were writing them at the time, whether the soldier on the frontline or the officer having to send his troops "over the top", to what was probably death or injury. Throughout the book Peter tries to relay a more balanced view of some of the shocking decisions made, but this is not overpowering like in some books I have read and provides you with plenty of opportunity to make up your own mind.
I think Peter succeeds in making the reader aware that, with hindsight, this battle should probably never have taken place and that during the battle some decisions made were disastrous, but what we should remember was that this was a new type of war and no-one had much of an idea how to fight it.
Overall, a very good book. Very sad and moving in parts but also very informative.