A. Riddoch

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The German Army on Vimy Ridge 1914-1917 by Jack Sheldon
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book, 11 May 2008
Vimy Ridge saw some of the bitterest fighting on the Western Front during the Great War, and the author is to be commended for producing a readable and balanced account of events on Vimy Ridge from 1914 to its capture by the Canadian Corps in April 1917.

The author first describes how Vimy Ridge ended up in German hands in the autumn of 1914 before moving on to chronicle the desperate attempts of the French to wrest Vimy Ridge from the Germans in the spring and autumn of 1915. Even by the standards of the Great War, the magnitude of the French losses is staggering. The ferocity of this fighting is brought to life through a wide selection of personal and official accounts,… Read more
The German Army on the Somme 1914-1916 by Jack Sheldon
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, 22 Sep 2005
This is one of the most impressive books that I have read on the Somme, providing something which has been conspicuously absent from all too many books- namely the German view. Meticulously researched and footnoted, it succeeds in telling the 'other half of the story', from the early clashes with the French in 1914 through to the closing down of the Allied offensive in November 1916.

The book is based upon material drawn from a multitude of German unit histories and archives. The various accounts, the majority of them firsthand, have been skilfully incorporated into an accessible narrative, punctuated throughout by pertinent insights into the Allied as well as the German… Read more

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