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Monumental research...but dull!
on 17 December 2013
This book is without doubt a superb piece of research, but I must admit it bored me rigid. I was looking for a book that explained what it was like for the WWI Tommy; what his routine was like in training, in the line and at rest, how the army fed and clothed him, what the equipment was like from a users point of view etc., etc. Whilst there were certainly some parts of the book that gave some insight into these subjects, I found at least 75% of it too biased towards the administrative organisation of the army to be of interest to me. Much of it is taken up with changes in command structure, the re-naming of various organisations through their history, the movement from one location to another and the like. This will no doubt be of interest to others and I don't wish to detract from Mr. Messenger's efforts, which were obviously monumental and professionally executed. It is a book that needed to be written, but not for me I'm afraid.