7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is truly a very good account of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 – 71.
Wawro takes a very impartial view of both sides.
De opening battles of the war and its pivotal battles at Sedan, Gravelottes and Metz are described in fascinating detail. De many maps are excellent and very helpful.
Completely new to me was Wawro’s conclusion that it wasn’t the Prussians who were that good but much more the French commanders making capital mistakes. The misinterpretation of the Prussian victory by military experts all around lead to the assumption that massive attack was preferable to defensive positions, which was to have tragic consequences in 1914-1918.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This book by Michael Asher is a thrilling account of the Sudan Campaigns in 1884/85 and 1898. The actual combat itself is described in such a fascinating, gripping style that I felt the adrenaline pumping while reading about battles like Abu Klea and Omdurman.
The downside is that Asher lets his own opinion about some main characters get into the book. He himself takes an obvious liking towards Kitchener and dislikes both Buller and Wolseley. Pick up for instance Thomas Pakenham’s legendary book on the Boer War and you’ll get a different view. I rather have it that authors keep their opinions to themselves an let the reader judge, based on historical facts… Read more