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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for the serious student of WW1, 3 July 2012
This review is from: The Western Front, 1914-18 (Pen & Sword Military Classics) (Paperback)
John Terraine is widely regarded as the greatest WW1 historian of all (although some may suggest that the late Richard Holmes runs him a close second). This book is a collection of nine essays, written mostly in the late fifties, then revised and published as a single volume in 1964.

They deal with major issues such as whether the Western Front was inevitable, why the Battle of the Guise is the key to understanding why the Western Front ended up where it did, why and how Loyd George attempted to undermine Haig in 1917, and how misguided devotion to Napoleon and his tactics by the French in 1914 proved so disasterous.

At every turn we find him willing to look afresh and, if necessary, challenge myths. Terraine was possibly the first serious historian to suggest that Haig was not just an adequate general who saw victory only in bloodbaths, but, when circumstances allowed (particularly in 1918,) a brilliant one.

So many books deal with the minutiae of WW1, or with a particular battle, but I haven't come across another that deals so well with such a broad sweep, politics and stategy, and with such insight. Fifty years after it was written this is still a book that every serious historian and student of WW1 needs to have on their shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 July 2014
This review is from: The Western Front, 1914-18 (Pen & Sword Military Classics) (Paperback)
Great book, great service. Many thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good choices, 2 Feb 2010
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Good timing on arrival and condition. material as advertised and appeares to meet my needs. Thanks
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